The thirty-seventh stop on my 50 States Against Bullying campaign brought me to Idaho, another first-time state for me. And they were so welcoming, they even made a neon sign with my area code attached to their state name.
And it doesn't get more truthful than this:
Before and after my presentation, students wrote positive messages on the campaign's banner.
This school also invited other junior highs to join my presentation, and five of them sent students. When each school arrived, we'd gather in front of the banner for a group picture. At the edge of the stage in the pic below is a line of their phones, which they plopped down so they could each get a unique photo and not just one photo to share.
Yes, these students are different...and awesome!
...and they didn't know to flip the tape over to keep recording!
(I'm so old.)
Once again, students from nearby high schools joined us.
A beautiful moment for me came after I was done speaking and signing books. A girl came up and said it took her a while to realize it, but she had written the last email that I shared in my presentation.
When she realized it was hers, she had begun to cry with happiness, knowing how much her words really did mean to me.
Yes, the author-reader relationship goes both ways.