On April 5, 2013, Skylar Sasson returned to her alma mater, The Calhoun School, in New York City to share I Always Dreamed of Having a Store (Siempre he soñado tener una tienda) with a group of nearly fifty fifth-graders. Since Calhoun purchased a classroom set of forty copies, most students had already read the book as an assignment for their Spanish class. Skylar’s presenting the book aloud in both Spanish and English solidified students’ understanding of the story and its themes and led to a robust dialogue about the protagonist Lucy’s life in the neighborhoods Villa Nueva Potosí and Tocoli, Bolivia. Calhoun’s Spanish students were shocked to learn about Lucy’s lack of indoor plumbing and could hardly believe that Skylar spent time in Bolivia without Facebook, cell phones, and television. Skylar urged them to apply for grants to travel abroad in middle or upper school, as she accomplished when traveling to El Salvador, Argentina, and Israel, in part through the Claudia Curfman Castellana Memorial Fund Grant of the Calhoun School.
The image appeared in a post from Calhoun’s alumni Facebook page, with the following text:
Skylar Sasson ’08 dropped by today to read from and talk about her new book, I Always Dreamed of Having a Store, with 5th grade Spanish students in the library. Having already read the book, which draws on Skylar’s experience in Bolivia, the 5th graders were enthusiastic to meet the author and ask her questions.