On Sunday, October 17, Cambridge Friends School in partnership with Porter Square Books, hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren for a talk and book reading on her newly released picture book, Pinkie Promises. With close to 150 attendees gathered under a tent on CFS’s athletic field, Senator Warren shared her book, and of course, a pinkie promise with audience members to remember that they can do anything they put their mind to, and to always think big and persist.
Registered attendees received a signed copy of Pinkie Promises and read along with Senator Warren. Pinkie Promises is a story about a young girl named Polly who encounters various challenges and negativity. After a chance meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren at a presidential rally, Polly makes a pinkie promise to remember all the things girls can do. That very promise carries through with her as she overcomes various obstacles, faces fears, and challenges the status quo.
Attendees were then invited to ask Senator Warren questions which ranged from personal questions including how old she is to more political views. A CFS first-grade student asked, “Do you help make cars electric?” to which Warren responded about a bill that they are trying to pass in congress. The two exchanged like-minded approaches on policy, with the student suggesting, “The fastest way to get rid of diesel would be getting the trucks to be electric and the bigger vehicles first.” Senator Warren elaborated on the pending bill in agreement, to which the first-grader then interjected, “I feel like if we do the trucks first, then the cars, then the helicopters, and then we can finally move on to the planes.”
Senator Warren’s visit was truly an inspiring and impactful experience for young audience members. Copies of Pinkie Promises are available for purchase from Porter Square Books.