New York Times Best-Selling author and Coretta Scott King Book Award-Winner, Andrea Davis Pinkney has been writing books for decades. She visited the institute to talk to our students about her work, sing some songs, and talk about the idea of storytelling. What a wonderful way to spend a morning! * This event was part of our Student Wellness Works Program. Student Wellness Works is made possible through a generous grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that either provide direct healthcare services or address the social determinants of health. For more information, visit

A woman speaks to students sitting in a row of chairs in classroom
A poster saying "Welcome Andrea David Pinkney" with a collage
a woman stands with her arms out in a class of students
A woman is speaking to teachers and students in a classroom
A woman is speaking to a row of students and teachers in a classroom
A woman in a medical mask is seen from the side
A woman is picking on a little boy who is raising his hand
Two teachers stand at a podium
A welcome banner hangs on a table
A woman speaks to a crowd of students and teachers in an auditorium
A woman holds her book up in front of students and teachers in an auditorium
A stack of books on a chair, top book is The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A woman is autographing a book for a high school girl