Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Thoughts: Going Back to School

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Cor. 15:58).

It was a really hot evening this past Tuesday as Sandee (Sandra Schoger Foster), author of Daddy Will You Play Catch with Me?, and I were chauffeured into the parking lot of a local elementary school. A very small and quaint school. The principal was rather friendly as well as professional. He greeted us and told Sandee what to expect.

Sandee spoke for about ten minutes and then had a Q & A time with the children. They asked amazing questions like; how long did it take to publish the book? Who did the art work? How do you write a book? Many more intelligent questions were asked. Some kids made comments that they liked the cover or they liked to play baseball. It was a fun time for all. More than I expected.

Toward the end of the evening the school held a raffle. They had ordered Sandee's books (Daddy, Will You Dance with Me? was also available) and offered them as prices. Each child earned raffle tickets by writing a poem, or doing a craft and their parents attending classrooms to hear teachers' presentations and updates of the school year. So most children had in their possession a handful of raffle tickets.

Of course, we did not have enough books for each child (lesson learned) and one boy sat next to me and began to cry. His sister won a book but he went home without one. We shall see what we can do about that.

Furthermore, I wound up handing out three business cards, two of them to teachers who had completed manuscripts and one dad who wrote comic books. I told him that G8Press had never published a comic book but since we are interested in local authors we would at least give it a look. He was very excited and most grateful.

We've been asked back for the school's Spirit Day. Not quite sure what that is but we accepted. Hopefully by then we will have a few more books in our book bags. It was a wonderful experience and we were blessed by the minute. And as we were leaving a teacher informed us that the link to Catch would be on their school website as well as the individual teachers' pages. The whole evening reminded me that our labor in the Lord is never in vain. Those are my Thursday Thoughts.

Debby A.


Sam Gamgee said...

A cool thing to do, which will win points with kids and school alike, is, if you can manage it, find out from the teachers how many kids didn't get a book and wanted one, then get those books into their hands BEFORE you go back for the spirit day.

The Gatekeeper said...

Good idea, my friend. I'll talk to our PR person. Wait . . . that's me. ;)

Sharon Lynne said...

Enjoyed the post. Great picture!