Elva Treviño Hart plans to bring a slew of food — oranges, apples, blueberries, strawberries, pickles, even a bottle of ketchup — to Huntington Beach High School on Thursday.
They won't be for tasting, though.
Hart, the author of this year's HB Reads book selection, "Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child," grew up in a family of migrant farm workers in the mid-20th century. The book tells the story of her journey from the fields to a well-paying job as an IBM executive, a success that she attributes to her dogged education.
When Hart addresses the students, though, she expects to focus on crops more than computers. In preparation for her speech, she asked the HB Reads team to make a stop at the market.
"I think there's a disconnect between the crops and the migrant workers and kids," said Hart, who lives in Virginia. "I think kids think apples come from the grocery store and spinach comes in little bags in the freezer.