My Texas stop on the 50 States Against Bullying campaign was YES Prep East End in Houston. After the taxi dropped me off, I entered through the wrong door and rolled my carry-on bag through a very busy cafeteria.
"Is that him?"
"It's the author guy."
"Why'd he bring his luggage into the cafeteria?"
When it rippled through the room that I was there, they applauded. Applauded! I felt like a total rockstar! All I had to do was pretend my carry-on was a guitar case and it didn't feel so embarrassing anymore. Although, I suppose a real rockstar wouldn't carry his own guitar case. So I guess I'm just a roadie.
Two students and two mascots greeted me, and the two gentlemen without blue faces gave me a tour of the campus.
In the library, I ate my own yummy lunch while pre-signing some books. There was also a large collection of student-made #ReasonsWhyYouMatter posters that would be posted throughout the school after my visit.
I gave two presentations to very welcoming high school and middle school students, which were followed up by great questions.
This school even shared one of their songs with me! And since the lyrics include a call for rain, I will blast this from loudspeakers when I get back to California.
Thank you, Ms. King, for organizing a very inspiring visit. I hope I inspired your school in some way, too.