|"I love visiting schools! My goal is to be of benefit to the students. Here are a few handouts, websie links, ideas, suggestions, and a list of some of the best schools and libraries I've visited. But for the full benefit…"|
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Successful (and Easy) School Visit
A school visit should be of benefit to the
student and not a pain for the coordinator. Here are
a few suggestions for making this a good
for everyone (including the author).
an author 3 to 12 months in advance. This way
you usually have your pick of the dates.
an author who has been recommended for their
presentations and books.
See if a local bookseller will provide the authorís
books for sale at the school. This makes it easier
on the author, keeps business connections
the community, and takes that task off your brain.
the author doesnít provide one, have a written agreement that both
the author and you sign, date, and get a copy; even a simple letter with
the date and expectations will do. This keeps everyone ďon the same page.Ē
the students with the authorís books
before the author visit.
- A table, a chair, some water, a microphone, and
a waiting parking space are five things that
put a smile on a visiting authorís face.
and enjoy the visit yourself.
Some of My Favorite Schools
2014: A tie!
East Elementary, Hallsville ISD, Hallsville TX, Rhonda McKinney, librarian
North Elementary, Hallsville ISD, Hallsville TX, Melissa Garrison, librarian
2013 Holland Elementary, Brevard County Schools, Satellite Beach, FL
Viviene Wittock, Media Specialist; Judy Vizzini, First Grade Teacher
2012 Jimmy L. Elrod Elementary (Northside ISD) San Antonio, TX
Diane Colvin, librarian
2011 Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Houston, TX
Shelley James, librarian
2009 Sugar Hill Elementary (Gwinnett CSD) Buford, GA
Tammy Smith, media specialist
2008 Arnold Mill Elementary (Cherokee SD) Woodstock, GA
Jacqui Zaski, media specialist
2007 Frank Macias Elementary (Clint SD) El Paso, TX
Ann Sawyer, librarian
2006 South Columbus Elementary (Muscogee Co. ISD) Columbus, GA
Mary Fisher, librarian
Oaks/Caraway Elementary (Round Rock ISD) Austin,
Yvonne Fuller, librarian
Hill Elementary (Rogers Schools) Rogers, AR
Brook Rehl, principal
Chamberlain Elementary (Chamberlain Schools) Chamberlain,
Jeff Tveit, 3rd grade teacher
Bang Elementary (Cypress-Fairbanks ISD) Houston, TX
Ruth Weismann, librarian
Elementary (Houston ISD) Houston, TX
"Write books; have presentations; will travel."