WOW! What a fabulous day at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Canton, NC! From the moment I stepped in the front door, I was met with sweet smiles and friendly conversation. My dear friend, Mrs. Vickie Gray, welcomed me with open arms and as usual with precious friends, we picked up where we left off the last time we saw each other. True friendships know no boundaries... not time... nor distance. After a few hugs, Mrs. Gray led me to Meadowbrook's beautiful media center; it is such an inviting place for students to learn. Within a few moments, I was set up and ready for the fourth graders. THEY WERE AWESOME! These perfectly behaved young ladies and gentlemen were so kind, respectful and attentive. They asked remarkable and well prepared questions concerning the Biltmore Estate.
One unique aspect of this particular visit was these students had already read, "My Days with Nell." In previous presentations to other schools, I am introducing the book to my audience. However, with these bright students, they were already familiar with the story. This was so nice for me! I shared the writing process with them and then we got into the "good stuff" concerning all things Biltmore.
Friday, these fourth graders will be visiting the Biltmore Estate on a field trip! I am so jealous! If I were going to be in North Carolina on Friday, I would sneak over to meet them. I would love to see their faces when they see "the House" for the first time. Ok, Meadowbrook students... don't forget to check out the "teddy bears", the "GV" copper flashings on the roof and the stable clock. And inside the house don't forget to look for the oak leaves, acorns and secret passageways! The Biltmore House is a treasure nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I hope the students learned something new today and are excited for their Biltmore adventure.
Today was a magical day for me at Meadowbrook. I witnessed a school where students are valued and encouraged. I met wonderful students. I was introduced to educators who I know are dedicated professionals. And I reconnected with my dear friend, Mrs. Gray. Yes, today was a magical day for me. . . thanks to the wonderful faculty, staff and students of Meadowbrook Elementary School. Thank you for welcoming me into your school and into your hearts. I haven't stopped smiling since I left you!
PS... Look here students... not one "that" or "very"... YAY!