Imagination…it teaches us to be curious and to dream big. It’s what allows us to grab a book, open it up and travel to a magical place beyond our world. And here at ABC12, it’s what inspired us to create Project Imagination, a program dedicated to promoting literacy in our community. ABC12’s Project Imagination sends our on-air personalities to read books written by local authors to children in the ABC12 viewing area. If you would like to request a reading, fill out the short form below. With your help, we can get kids to dream big and to work even harder!
Tracy Foster, Innovative Educator recipient from Western Michigan University and Corunna Public Schools’ 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, is a passionate educator and author who believes in empowering ALL students to DREAM BIG! Tracy has served for 23 years as an elementary and middle school teacher. She holds multiple education degrees from Western Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. Throughout her career, she has served on various educational and leadership committees, mentored new teachers, and has presented for several state conferences including the MRA, MAME, and MEMSPA . Tracy and her husband, Dan, are native Michiganders. They have a son, Nathan, and two daughters, Felicia and Mya. The Fosters live in Durand, Michigan and enjoy traveling.
Shannon Cooper-Toma is a special education teacher with Chesaning Union Schools. She has served students for twenty years in public education, working in a variety of roles. Shannon is committed to bettering the lives of her students. She holds multiple education degrees from Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University. Throughout her career, Shannon has served on numerous educational committees and has presented for various organizations and committees, including the Bureau of Educational Research, Michigan Reading Association (MRA), and Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA), to name a few. Shannon and her husband, Rod, reside in Chesaning with their adorable Chihuahua, Rocko.
Request a Visit
Invite a member of the ABC12 News Team to your school for a reading of “Benson’s Adventures in the U.S.A.” to your first and second graders. They will also bring the children their very own copy to enjoy!