I had an outstanding afternoon with the awesome 3rd and 4th grade students of Bella Vista Elementary.
For several years I’ve presented a science experiment related to one of our picture books at the annual SCLC Education Day. I’ve been told that I get pretty animated. Doesn’t look like this year will be any different. Tomorrow, I’ll be demonstrating Electrostatic Precipitator to nearly 400 school kids. They’ll divide into 8 groups spread out over the morning. I predict lots of funny faces and a bad hair day!
When I was 8-years-old I moved from Hoopa to Burnt Ranch, CA. The entire school, K-8, only had 48 students at the time. I was in 3rd grade and it only had five students. The school grew to over 60 by the time I exited 8th grade. I’m especially happy to make school visits to small schools in rural areas.
Sometimes we do science experiments related to my books and other times we read stories or do art projects. This visit was all about the stories.
Cox Bar Elementary is only about 15 miles from Burnt Ranch, and about 40 miles from Hoopa. I’ve made a few visits over the years. This year, the school has fewer than 15 students. The kids were pretty excited to know I grew up so close to where they live.