In 2007, I visited 31 schools.
I spoke to approximately 4500 students.
I gave 109 presentations.
I conducted 48 writing workshops.
I said the Pledge of Allegiance 27 times.
While brainstorming ways to show a messy room, I heard "dirty underwear" 73 times.
While brainstorming ways to show that someone feels sick, I heard fantastic barfing noises 84 times.
I waited in line behind 93 school buses.
I drank 17 teeny weeny cartons of milk.
I saw 18,432 chicken nuggets (but didn't eat 1.)
And I loved every minute of every day spent in a school.
Posing with students for the local newspaper at my last school presentation:
Here we are pretending to have a casual conversation about one of my books, as instructed by the photographer. In reality, I had opened the book to a random page so we could pretend to talk about it. On the page was a post-it note that said, "Chicken Hair." (It's a long story, but trust me, this is true). The kids were delighted to be talking about chicken hair.