Recently I had the privilege of being guest author at a very special school. The Jardine Academy is a private school run by the Cerebral Palsy League of New Jersey. It provides elementary and secondary education for children with developmental disabilities. And it does this with warmth and love and dedication (not to mention skill and expertise). Can you tell I was impressed?
My visit was part of a school-wide reading celebration. The day I visited, students from every class were voting on their favorite book-themed decorated doors. All day, kids buzzed around (in wheel chairs, on foot, or with the help of other scooting/walking devises) voting on each others’s doors. Here are some sample doors:
Then, in thirty-minute increments, students of all ages joined me in the cheerful library for a reading of GOODNIGHT, ARK. I knew that the students attending this school each faced special challenges, and I didn’t know what to expect during the readings. Well, my friends at Jardine, you overwhelmed and blessed me with your presence! I have never felt such joy reading my story and interacting with kids. You were amazing! Here are just a few snapshots that capture the joy of the day!