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.
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.