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Wed
Dec
14

Last School Visit of the Year!



 
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Day of three of three in DFW had me up north in Allen, TX (right down the road from the old Wishbone backlot). I spent a fun-filled day with the Vikings of Vaughan Elementary! There were banners greeting me on the way in and tons of kids who welcomed me face-to-face. A very nice reception!
 
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Between shows I even got the chance to visit some classrooms where I answered some more great questions from the kids (and teachers). Here we are at Mrs. Duckworth’s and Mrs. Domenico’s class. I even got to sign Hunter’s own Garfield book. It looked very well-read!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Almand and the PTA for inviting me out. Thanks to Mrs. Beasley for all the help and the nice pics. And a big thanks to each and every one of the Vaughan Vikings! Enjoy your last week of school and Happy Holidays to all!
 
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Tue
Dec
13

Day Two in DFW!



 
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Day two of three in DFW had me in Dallas at Thurgood Marshall Elementary—home of the Bulldogs! I was greeted with a cool welcome sign as well as a bulletin board where several students came up with alternate endings to some of my books—sweet! There are quite a few creative story endings up there proving that TME is full of talented young writers!
 
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In the middle of performing four shows in the school library for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, I was lucky to have lunch with four 5th and 6th graders who were chosen for their great attitudes and behavior. They got to ask more questions and fun discussing some of their favorite books. It was a pleasure to meet you: Ariyanna, Devan, Larissa, and Nevaeh!
 
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Thanks to Dr. Dowd for having me out and for all the great work prepping the students for my arrival. Thanks to Mr. Stengel for the tech support. Thanks again to my four lunch companions. And the biggest thanks of all to the rest of the TME Bulldogs! Keep reading and keep writing those stories. I know that you’re going to be all you can be at TME!
 
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Mon
Dec
12

Back in Texas!



 
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Today I began a short DFW tour with the last three school visits of the year! One of three was in Richardson, TX at Yale Elementary —home of the Roadrunners! Even though the school is going through some renovations, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th graders fit nicely in the library for three fun shows. Everyone had wonderful questions but, as usual, I couldn’t get to everyone. Don’t forget to email me anytime with any questions you want: HERE. I hope these Roadrunners race into reading as soon as they get home!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Boesch for inviting me (sorry I didn’t get to meet you today). Thanks to Mrs. Yates for taking over, for lunch, and for all the great pictures. Thanks to Mr. David for the tech support. Thanks to Ms. Moore’s 3rd grade class for all the wonderful letters (see below for a couple of portraits from John and Mariam). And a big thanks to the rest of the Yale Roadrunners. You were a great way to welcome me back to Texas!
 
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Mon
Dec
5

Two Schools in China Spring!



 
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I’m back in Texas and traveled to a slightly closer location in China Spring where I visited two schools and hundreds of kids! My first stop was at China Spring Elementary and as you can see, we really filled the gym. Hopefully my eardrums will recover from the literal roar of their dragon roars!
 
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After the first show, I zipped over to China Spring Intermediate where I had access to the big screen, which is good because I performed for almost 700 enthusiastic students in that go. There were a couple of technical glitches but that didn’t distract the kids because they had some great questions near the end of my show!
 
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After lunch (thanks to Mrs. Devening and the PTA), I was back at China Spring Elementary for one last show. I was surprised to see an even bigger audience the second time around. Now I know why they had to have two different shows!
 
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Thanks to fellow author, Mrs. Devening and both schools’ PTAs for having me out. Thanks to all the coaches for the uses of their gyms (and for helping me set up). And the biggest thanks of all goes to all the China Spring Cougars (both elementary and intermediate)! I hope everyone had as good a time as I did. And the next time you see Mrs. Devening or someone from the PTA, be sure to thank them for caring about your art and music exposure. I think both are vitally important to your education. I know they were to me!
 
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Fri
Dec
2

Last Day in Omaha!



 
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The last day of this Omaha trip had me at the Crestridge Magnet Center! I was met by another cool banner and I performed my last three Omaha shows. It was a tight fit, but we crammed each group into the school library for some dragon-roarin’ fun!
 
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For lunch, I had the honor of having eating with a few stars of the summer reading program. These kids kept the reading going all summer and they had great questions about books, writing, and superheroes to prove it! It was great meeting you: Afdal, Angeli, Braxtyn, Brayau, Briseyda, Dominic, Elizabeth, Enoc, Eva, Gaby, Gree, Hannah, Ibraheem, Kaleb & Kaleb, Lucy, Marcos, Nehal, Nmarge, Noe, Quin, and Sophie!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Prisbell-Hultman for having me out. Thanks to all the summer readers for the lunch company—I wish I could’ve had lunch with all of you. And the biggest thanks goes to all great students at Crestridge. You were the perfect finale for my week of Nebraska fun! In fact, I’d like to thank Omaha Public Schools for flying me up letting me visit so many cool school. I enjoyed spending the week with your diverse, gifted, and enthusiastic students!
 
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Thu
Dec
1

Day Four in Omaha!



 
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My penultimate (new vocabulary word) stop in Omaha had me spending the entire day at Jefferson Elementary—home of the Jaguars! I was welcomed with a couple of great banners and even saw some custom LEGO drawings from many of the kids. I especially enjoyed visiting Mrs. Anderson’s Candyland-themed library.
 
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Look who I found!
 
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I had a great time performing for three enthusiastic crowds and meeting everyone in the hallways and cafeteria. All the Jaguars were familiar with my LEGO books in part due to the great read-along-videos Mrs. Anderson found on Youtube. Check out one of them below!
 

 
Thanks to Mrs. Anderson for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Torneten and Mr. Bush for helping me set up. Thanks to the 1st graders who made me the wonderful thank you card (complete with LEGO figures). And a big thanks to each and every Jefferson Jaguar in the school. You were extremely welcoming and I hope you enjoyed my visit!
 
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