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Louisburg College’s My Orange Duffel Bag Project

This week, author Sam Bracken was featured as the opening speaker at Louisburg College’s kickoff celebration for the school’s 225th anniversary week.  My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change was selected as the college’s common reading title, and author Sam Bracken went to visit the campus to share his story with faculty and students.

Faculty at Louisburg College have developed engaging assignments related to the book for their Crossroads Program, a program designed to get first-year students to explore not only how they learn, but also how they live their lives. Below is a sampling of assignments connected to the “My Orange Duffel Bag Project”:

  1. Decorate the Cover! Be creative. Decorate the cover of the notebook any way that you would like – it just needs to be decorate. You can draw, paint, cover, or do anything you think will make it look cool and look like you!
  2. First 10 Pages – these pages will serve as journal pages. Each class you will be given a topic to journal on and have some time to do this at the beginning of each class.
  3. Next 10 Pages – these pages are “YOU” pages. You should include anything that is important to you Continue reading

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Louisburg College Selects My Orange Duffel Bag for Common Reading!

Louisburg College in North Carolina has selected My Orange Duffel Bag by author Sam Bracken for their 2012-2013 common reading title! We’d also like to note that the upcoming school year is of particular significance for Louisburg College because it will be celebrating its 225th anniversary.  Founded in 1787, it is the world’s oldest 2-year college.

My Orange Duffel Bag tells of Bracken’s battles with homelessness, poverty, abuse, abandonment at age 15, and how he eventually turned his life around to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag.

Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Bracken shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that students can create positive, lasting change of their own.

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