So now for a photo essay! See the beautiful woman in pink? That is Renee Hensley, AIG teacher.
Did someone say AIG?
Forget insurance. Think Academically/Intellectually Gifted! Renee emailed me awhile back for info about a school visit and, in no time at all, she'd secured funding and was ready to make a date. We settled on Monday, March 30.
I had 4 sessions - one with each grade level - 3rd - 6th. I did not get photos of those so use your imaginations - 3 classes of readers in each session who came armed with questions and were perfectly respectful! Special thanks to all who sat on the floor! After two sessions it was time for lunch! I loved walking down to the cafeteria and feeling the pulse of the school. We brought lunch back to the library where I ate with AIG students and Battle of the Book participants. (McDowell County included Blue in their Battle of the Books list - How wonderful for me!).
They asked if they could hold my books up for the picture. It was a tough decision but finally I agreed! Dear thoughtful Hannah, (I think she is a tutor) went out of her way to make molasses cookies (a tribute to BLUE) for us. I ate mine after school while signing books - it was the perfect picker upper - moist and fragrant and oh, so spicy good!
Principal,Elaine Seals dropped by to introduce herself early in the day, attended a session, and sat in on the lunch chat. Again, I did not get a picture but what a great lady! She recently returned from a mission trip to Togo and would like Marion Elementary to partner with a school there. (See, she really is great!)
During my 3rd presentation, several visitors arrived and I suddenly felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder teaching when the School Board walked in.
Here they are with Media Specialist, Angela Woehl - checking out some good books.
Turns out, the local Rotary Club helped to sponsor my visit. For an inspiring video on Rotary's Polio Eradication Initiative click here. (While there, note the Rotary-sponsored iron lung on the Miracle of Hickory photo.)
As buses were leaving and I was going out the door, the Battle of the Books students were practicing with Angela.
Thanks Angela for giving up your space and schedule for a day.
To everyone at Marion Elementary, I had a marvelous time! Go Bulldogs!