On October 24th, Alton Carter, author of Aging Out visited with our students. This presentation was provided by a partnership with the Louisiana Book Festival and the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana.
Students were mesmerized as Mr. Carter told of his younger years of surviving an addicted mother and navigating the foster care system. After aging out, Mr. Carter found himself at the age of eighteen, with a college scholarship on the cusp of life: scared, lonely, and all on his own. This is the story of how he aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered, and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have. His is a tale of hope, of realizing that self worth comes from within and must be carefully nurtured. Students from Dr. Ramesh’s AP Biology class read Aging Out and had the opportunity to meet with him over lunch to discuss his novel. They came away from the experience with new found knowledge about the foster care system and inspiration.
Mr. Carter will be presenting at the 14th annual Louisiana Book Festival, to be held this weekend, October 28 from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Baton Rouge at the the State Library Louisiana, the State Capitol, and the Capitol Park Museum.