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Orphan Train Movie Shown at WKCTC October 27

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will present a special showing of The Orphan Trains: An American Experience, the enlightening film that is the subject of the colleges 2014 One Book, One Campus, One Community Read.

The one-hour film presentation, which is free and open to the public, was produced by the Public Broadcasting System and will be shown October 27 in WKCTCs Rosenthal Hall, Room 111 beginning at 11 a.m.

The film features the story of Elliot Bobo, who eighty years ago was taken from his alcoholic father's home after his mothers death, given a small cardboard suitcase, and put on board an "orphan train" bound for Arkansas. Bobo was one of the nearly 250,000 neglected, abandoned, orphaned, and homeless children who were placed with families throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement between 1854 and 1929.

This movie is a perfect tie-in to our One Book Read of New York Times best-selling author Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train, said Gail Robinson Butler, WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center director and One Book co-organizer. Like the movie, the book reveals the story of how children and teenagers being sent on orphan trains desperately needed to find a better way of life, and how they fought for that life against devastating odds.

The One Book, One Campus, One Community Read project is a community wide effort to encourage reading throughout the community with the hope of improving regional literacy rates. The project encourages the community, area school districts, and colleges to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

Future One Book events, to create awareness of the read and the book, will be announced in the months prior to the project finale when Christina Baker Kline will visit the WKCTC campus on March 31 and April 1, 2015. For more information about Klines visit, Orphan Train, and the One Book, One Campus, One Community Read, visit //Student_Life/OneBook.aspx