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At Everett Elementary(left), a number of students raised their hands for a chance to win a copy of Dave Sargent’s autographed books while Parker Elementary student, Victoria Smith (right), received a book after giving the correct answer to a question about the United States flag.
Husband and wife co-authors, Dave and Pat Sargent, visited the North Lamar elementary campuses of Everett and Parker to speak about their profession and to share a message. Dave spoke about their success as authors and where they get their ideas for their books. He told students the struggles he faced as a young boy in the hills of Northwest Arkansas and how at the age of eighteen he could neither read nor write. He spoke of his will to fight and overcome his learning difficulties and the struggles induced by poverty.
“My one hope, above all else, is that someone may be inspired by the events in my life, and therefore be able to overcome the obstacles along the road of life, and thus, success, and through their determination, willpower, and desire, inspire someone else,” said Sargent.
Many of the Sargents’ writings are about the animals on their farm. “The kids love their books,” said Everett librarian Lynnette Johnson. “One of their favorite series is about Sammy the Skunk.” Going on she said, “Pat and Dave are the most wonderful, humble, and loved authors. Their books are timeless.”
In addition to writing books, the Sargents grow vegetables on their farm for grocery stores and now sell to thirteen Wal-Mart Supercenters.