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Parkwood Staff and Students read The Last Lecture
This summer Parkwood students and staff will be asked to find inspiration in everyday things, to examine the important questions in life and to consider what legacy they will want to leave behind. As a part of a "One Book/One School" community read program, the school will read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
This book made its mark on current culture as it became a national bestseller with its author, Randy Pausch, appearing on the Oprah show and being interviewed by Diane Sawyer for a special about his lecture. As described on the book's website:
On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called 'Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.' With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.
Randy's lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities...
Students are required to read the book before returning to school on August 25th.
Written by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Jun 04, 2010 by Mrs. Regina Snelson