650 Kids … 4 Days … 1 Fun Week of School Visits!

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Thank you Davis Middle School!

It was a week to remember! And it all started with MOON TEARS being integrated into the Language Arts curriculum at Davis Middle School in Georgia. I had the honor of speaking with two groups of 150 6th graders each at Davis, most of whom had read the book. The presentation incorporated writing techniques along with several interesting little-known aspects of World War II. The breadth of questions and insightful comments these amazing kids shared were beyond inspiring. I’m proud to call them the future of our country.

Signing bookmarks in the sound booth before the second talk

Each of the kids left with a bookmark and a pencil with which to begin their masterpieces!

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A view of the crowd from the sound booth

 

One of the highlights was a first for me – signing arms! I think I may have just made it!

Signing arms and bookmarks
Signing arms and bookmarks

The next day was a fun trip to World Language Academy. Luckily, I was speaking to the one class of third graders in which the students are allowed to speak English. It was a good thing, or else I would have had to have found a Chinese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese interpreter! The kids were awesome, and we stretched the 30 minute visit to a full hour and 15 minutes.

Third graders at World Language Academy
Third graders at World Language Academy

Sugar Hill Elementary was my next visit. I spoke with five classes of fifth graders about what it’s like to be an author and what writers do all day. The kids were filled with enthusiasm and so eager to learn about writing and World War II.

With a class of inquisitive fifth graders at Sugar Hill
With a class of future authors at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill

The final tour day was a return trip to Sugar Hill to read MISS MUFFET & BITSY to six classes of kindergartners and second graders. After story time, the kids tried on the props and became swashbucklers and party princesses for a day!

A beautiful princess experimenting reading with the magnifying glass.
Bitsy looks on as a beautiful princess experiments with the magnifying glass.
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill

One of my favorite comments was from the teacher next door to the room I was in. Since we have screaming and cheering throughout MISS MUFFET & BITSY, her class said, “I wish we could be in there all day. They’re having ALL the fun!”

It was without a doubt a week to remember, and so thrilling to share my books with so many amazing kids!

6 thoughts on “650 Kids … 4 Days … 1 Fun Week of School Visits!

  • April 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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    Muffet! This is incredible! How exciting! I’m so thrilled for you! I want you to know that I am so proud of you! xoxo

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    • April 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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      Thank you so much Anita! I hope I can inspire kids as much as you have over the years!

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  • April 9, 2015 at 1:58 am
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    Wow, Muffet, that’s a lot of smiling kids. Nice to see. I’ll bet you made their day. You are an inspiration. Tony.

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    • April 11, 2015 at 10:17 pm
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      I appreciate it, Tony. It was an amazing week with incredible kids!

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  • April 10, 2015 at 2:59 am
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    What an exciting experience for these young people to have a beautiful, talented young woman share so much with them! The pictures are adorable and the one with you in your french beret, pink smock, and yellow pants is adorable. You are the kind of person who can “get through” to the smart, young people. I know they all came away with the aspiration to be a writer. You are a fabulous marketing person.

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    • April 11, 2015 at 10:17 pm
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      Thanks Martha. I appreciate your kind words!

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