Jackie Robinson’s daughter to visit Baker School after essay contest

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Baker School sixth-grade teacher Kim Fountain stands with Olivia Hurley, 12, in the gymnasium. Hurley recently won first place in Scholastic’s Breaking Barriers essay contest. Sharon Robinson, baseball player Jackie Robinson’s daughter, will visit the class.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

BAKER — Baker School can expect a visit from best-selling author Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodger whose hiring ended modern racial segregation in Major League Baseball.

The class recently participated in a "Breaking Barriers" essay contest, sponsored by Scholastic Corporation and the MLB. Fourth- through eighth-graders throughout the U.S. and Canada wrote essays on overcoming personal barriers with determination, courage and commitment, among other values.

Sharon Robinson, an educational consultant with Major League Baseball, will visit Baker to meet essay contest winner Olivia Hurley, 12, and her classmates in Kim Fountain's sixth-grade English class. Hurley was one of four first-place winners. The contest also had four second-place winners and a grand prize winner.

See Olivia Hurley's first-place essay here >>

Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in 1947, becoming the first black professional baseball player, inspired the contest.

In addition to Sharon Robinson’s visit, Fountain's class will receive 30 autographed copies of her book "Promises to Keep," along with contest T-shirts. Hurley and Fountain will receive a laptop computer.

 Hurley was surprised when she got the news.

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