Award-winning children's book illustrator and author, Mark Wayne Adams, recently paid a visit to Clarkson Elementary. Drawing - and drawing students in - to his humorous tales, Adams shared his own story of artistic talent realized at an early age and encouraged by his family even though it was "different" to them. His career has led him to Disney, into publishing and finally to his first passion – illustrating – sometimes by luck, always by drive. Through his positive message, Adams provided inspiration for all ages to turn dreams in goals, and goals into realities. From Dawson Springs, Kentucky, Adams is a recipient of the Governor's School for the Arts Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award for his contribution to the arts and his dedication to enriching Kentucky's artistic future.