Yesterday I had the chance to visit Branford High School in north Florida(And Middle School). What an awesome place to visit! The students were courteous, talented, and ready to listen and learn. The media specialist, Karen, was so passionate about the kids, and is an example of what type of person we want in our schools. The event started with a large assembly, where we got to speak with 600 kids on a variety of topics. I spoke on publishing and stressed how they can get their work published now. Following the assembly, I went to the classroom of Mr. Wingate, who is a supreme example of an awesome teacher. In the smaller setting I had the privilege of speaking to his english students on writing, editing, and publishing. They were attentive, curious, and had excellent questions.
Following the class visit we participated in a book signing in the media center. The kids were great, and came up to me to share their (incredible) artwork, talk about their writing, and other literary interests. There were so many memorable kids I couldn't possibly name them all, but there are a few that I wanted to call attention to. Rachel, thank you for sharing your favorite books. Ashley, thanks for taking so many great pictures of all of us. Bryce, keep writing. I enjoyed reading the sample you brought. Haley, Keep up the awesome artwork. Austin, rock the 'stach! And to the un-named kids that had me wear a lama hat and join them in a selfie, I want a copy.
Thanks Branford for the great experience!