2002-2003 School Visits

My visit to Wasson!

I couldn't think of a better way to start off my new school year than at Wasson Ave. Elementary School in dear old DuBois, PA. I had been to DuBois schools five years ago, but not to this charming school. Glad to make a visit here!

The assemblies were great fun! I'm always amazed at how ready kids are to jump in and try their hand at something creative. It puts us timid adults to shame. The kids at Wasson were ready for imaginative fun. The hardest thing I had to do was choose which of them got to come up front and help me.

Here are some photos from the assemblies. My thanks to Ms. Andrulonis for the great shots!
Four intense doodlers!

Workshops went wonderfully! (Check out the results in the column above.) We brainstormed, laughed, listened to music while I drew -- all in all, a great way to spend an afternoon. Each workshop came up with stories the kids should be proud of. I know I'm proud of their work.

A highlight of the afternoon came when I was drawing a picture of a surfer and sadly had to admit that I didn't have any Beach Boys music with me. So the classes sang while I drew! That's a wonderful first for me.

Remember, kids: use your creativity. Keep writing. Keep drawing. Don't forget how much fun it is to get your own ideas out and onto paper!

Here's what teachers at Wasson wrote about my time at their school:
"You 'jumpstart' the child's imagination through your drawings, stories, and open-ended dialogue. Your enthusiasm and natural love of children exudes throughout your workshop." "Wow! Every minute was well spent. You kept the kids interested and more importantly got them interested in writing... you got the creative side to come out in our kids."
What a wacky story came out of this assembly! An alien tracks his missing rainbow to a kitchen, but a monkey is there to protect the "rainbow" cookies!

Some of the best workshop stories ever to come out of my brainstorming workshops!

Story One: The Dog Chews At Dawn
A family terrier sets his alarm to get up before sunrise to chew things in his master's house, then goes back to sleep. The family is stumped as to who would be doing it, since the dog seems to be sleeping the night. When the clock gets thrown out, Scottie goes on a wild adventure to save his clock -- and save his secret!
Story Two: One Statue Too Many
Someone is bashing statues in the park. Only the thieves know that there is treasure hidden in one of them, but they can't find which one. Our heroine poses as a statue to discover the thieves. (This story brought out a real-life story from my childhood of a neighbor lady who posed as a witch dummy out in front of her house one Halloween and gave me the fright of my life!)
Story Three: The Magic Art Set
When a girl finds out the paint set she found makes her paintings actually come to life, she draws a horrible picture of her best friend to get her back for being mean. Little did she know the trouble the living portrait would cause! (I truly love the potential of this tale!)

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The Story Kitchen
Hey kids! Keep the creative fun going! Check out my Story Kitchen, where you choose the story ingredients and finish a story I've started! If you finish one, email me your ending and I'll post it on my site!
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