Palm Beach Gardens woman who created book festival lauded

Author of Wild Things Clay Carmichael signs her book for fan Sarah Avvenire, 13, of Tequesta during the April is for Authors Children and Young Adult Authors' Festival at Palm Beach Gardens High School Saturday, April 27, 2013. Avvenire's mother Lynne is shown at right taking a photo of the two. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)
Author of Wild Things Clay Carmichael signs her book for fan Sarah Avvenire, of Tequesta, during the April is for Authors Children and Young Adult Authors’ Festival at Palm Beach Gardens High School Saturday, April 27, 2013. Avvenire’s mother Lynne is shown at right taking a photo of the two. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Helen Zientek’s passing her love of reading onto the next generation.

Zientek started volunteering at the Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2010 and went on to create “April is for Authors,” according to a news release from the Palm Beach County School District. The book festival is meant to give children of all ages a passion for reading.

The daylong festival at a high school features panel discussions, individual author presentations, book sales and book signings. In its fifth year, 1,300 students, community members, teachers and authors attended. Authors visited 46 public and private schools, according to a news release.

The Palm Beach County School District lauded Zientek as the “Outstanding Senior Volunteer.” The Palm Beach Gardens resident retired as a media specialist from Bak Middle School of the Arts in 2008.

Contact Debi Elfen, volunteer program coordinator, at 561-357-1114 to learn about volunteering with the district.

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