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The Van Buren Public Schools & Savage Elementary Read-A-Thon is the DIFF

Kelly LaVaute and Jim Woodworth from Quicken Loans at the Savage Elementary Read-A-Thon. by whatsthediffblog, on FlickrLast Friday, I took the day off to participate in a Read-A-Thon at Savage Elementary, my alma mater in Belleville, Michigan.

I attended Savage about 13 years ago for my 5th grade year. Like I told the kids I read to, it was the place where I realized what I loved to do – write! The teacher who inspired me is still there – Mrs. Larabell. She was also the person who guided my particularly odd memory and encouraged me to put it to use in spelling bees. She eventually accompanied me to the spelling bee district finals for elementary schools, where I took 3rd place. It was one of my prouder moments.

I wasn’t the only Quicken Loans team member there – veteran reader, one of my good friends and President’s Club Banker Jim Woodworth also read to several classes. He’s in the picture above with me. And no – I’m not that short, Jimmy is just that tall.

Jim Woodworth, President's Club Banker at Quicken Loans by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

However, I must admit, Jim and I probably weren’t the most exciting readers the kids saw – Ronald McDonald himself was there and also a perennial favorite at Savage – Mr. Mark Rosenthal – who brings in interesting and exotic animals throughout the year to many different schools. On Friday, he was accompanied by multiple species, including the largest dog (Great Dane) I’ve ever seen and a sloth!

The kids were great – I started off very nervous about reading, but they totally eased my fears. They were attentive, inquisitive and fun. I read two books to about 6 classes – If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Dirty Bertie. Dirty Bertie is a pretty funny story about the nasty things little kids can do – it’s also a good one to get kids involved.

After reading, the kids asked me questions about work ("DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THE PISTONS PLAYERS!!!"), about college ("Is it scary?") and my Mom, who is the computer teacher there ("Does her head really spin around if she gets mad?"). They were particularly perplexed by the fact my mother tells every kid she’s 21 years old. They might only be in elementary school, but when I tell them I’m 25 and she’s 21, they know something is wrong with the math.

I took a laptop and showed the kids the DIFF. They loved it, so I promised I would write all good things about them today. Thanks for listening, my new friends…let me know if you ever need anything…or if you ever really do see my Mom’s head spin.

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  1. Reading and writing should be equally taught. If one reads too much they will be influenced too much of who they are and not develop their own potential and personality. An equal effort at writing their own thoughts will allow the student to blossom as a unique individual and have a better chance at reaching their full potential.

    Posted by: Charley Loans | April 15, 2008
  2. Absolutely delightful story!

    Posted by: Jan | April 15, 2008
  3. Good point – - it is important for kids to realize that everything that is in print isn’t necessarily true. But, the point here is that a lot of folks volunteered their time to make a difference in the lives of kids! I think community involvement is the biggest DIFF here.

    Posted by: Jim | April 17, 2008
  4. i go to that school

    Posted by: keyonna | May 23, 2008

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