Tuesday, January 13, 2015

50 States Against Bullying: WISCONSIN

My twenty-seventh stop on the 50 States Against Bullying campaign brought me to East Troy, Wisconsin. When I arrived at the school, the sign out front welcomed me by telling me it was 10-degrees outside of my warm car.

But then it greeted me personally and I got all warm and fuzzy inside!

When I parked, I watched several people leave a shed behind the school, carrying sleds to a nearby hill. Did this school actually have sleds to borrow? I kind of wanted to join them, but I had a presentation to set up. Because, y'know...work.

Last year, I did a Skype visit with a class at East Troy that studies Thirteen Reasons Why. In the hallway, there were character charts students made for that class.

Once I made sure everything was working for my presentation, I had a few minutes to waste, so grabbed a selfie with the empty bleachers.

And here's what it looked like after the students arrived.

Well, students...and one author sitting in the front row.

At the beginning of my presentation, I half-jokingly told the students that if anyone wanted to go sledding later, I didn't have any equipment, but didn't mind sharing theirs. Unfortunately, they seemed to think I was fully-joking.

I then spoke to a room of students who are part of Be the Change. I continue to be inspired by the many out-of-the-box ways schools and students are pushing back against bullying and other issues that have been shrugged off as something "everyone goes through" for too long.

I had a great lunch at a local restaurant with a student and a faculty member. I forget the official name of what I ate, but it could've been called Sumpin' Pumpkin Spicy.

When I returned to school, I learned that a group of students didn't take my sledding desire as a joke. They took it seriously!

Here's what it looks like when a California guy who hasn't been on a sled since he was a kid gets on a small board and slides down a hill with teens looking on.

Yep, I'm cool like that.


Min Kim said...

I wish you could visit Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, NC! I love your book, Thirteen Reasons Why. haha but I suppose that's really up to ya :3 jay asher all the way :D

Fel said...

You did California proud :) Thanks for being game, and thanks for an inspiring day!

Brian Wegener said...

What a day, Jay Asher! Thanks again.

Cady Cummings said...

2894 on Main - was the restaurant you ate at!