For my twenty-ninth stop, the 50 States Against Bullying campaign brought me to Nebraska. It was my first time in the Cornhusker State, and while I didn't see any corn husking going on, I did see a whole lot of of bronze pioneer sculptures.
Upon my arrival, I found a really cool indie movie theater (and may have eaten popcorn and Milk Duds there for 148 minutes). The next morning, this was my view of Omaha.
I drove out to Bennington High School, and it was easy to tell I was in the right place.
At the beginning of my two presentations, I was gracefully introduced by...Grace!
First I spoke to the neighboring junior high students. During the Q&A, I was asked a question I'd never been asked before, which concerned Will Smith. And that randomness is why I love Q&A!
Then I spoke to the high school students, but none of them thought to ask about Will Smith.
During both presentations, I told the students that flyers were currently being taped to their lockers. When they left the auditorium, they were encouraged to leave positive messages for other students about why those students matter.
I was happy to see people quickly jump at the opportunity.
In the library, the Christmas tree was decorated with #ReasonsWhyYouMatter cards, which actually make for beautiful ornaments. (Well, maybe not beautiful. But meaningful!)
For lunch, I ate Chipotle with sixteen Bennington students. During lunch, I made a phone call to one student's friend at a nearby school who loves Thirteen Reasons Why. While I crunched yummy chips in his ear, he chewed on a corndog.
But our lunch was interrupted by...a fire drill!
Which meant...fire drill selfie!!!