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Role model: ‘The Help’ star shares success story

Students from Young Elementary School rolled out red carpet last week for Academy Award winning actress OctaviSpencer.  |

Students from Young Elementary School rolled out the red carpet last week for Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer. | Submitted

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Updated: December 5, 2013 6:06AM



Students from Young Elementary School rolled out the red carpet last week for Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Last year, the veteran character actress won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “The Help.” But it was a book that brought her to town Oct. 21.

“We love to have the opportunity to introduce our students to people who are successful in a variety of fields,” said Blaire Ranucci, Young’s library and media center director. “Octavia Spencer helped show students that they can find success in as many different ways as they want.”

Spencer spoke to students at the Aurora school about the writing process and her first novel, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.”

“Our hope is that Octavia Spencer has motivated children to pursue their dreams and not feel limited,” Ranucci said. “We hope that students can recognize their own potential to do great things.”

The visit was made possible through a partnership with Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.



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