The presentations went well, despite a projector that needed to spend some time in the uncooperative corner, and I had a blast at lunchtime chatting with a sharp group of kids.
|Awaiting Kirby’s pearls of wisdom
|My lunch buddies, with librarian Becky Faulkner
Little Jayme, in first grade, graciously agreed to let me measure her with a yardstick so I could give the lunch crew a visual of how tall the Japanese Friendship Dolls are (36 inches; up to Jayme’s shoulder).
In a rare treat, I also got to spend about 45 minutes noshing and chatting with Newbery’s staff and it was during this conversation that I met Amy Ferrell.
She is a kindergarten teacher, mother of five — including three siblings adopted from Ghana — and was positively glowing. Turns out, she has a good reason to glow: in addition to having lost 60 pounds last year, she is a finalist for a Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly. I don’t know if Amy would win a whole million dollars, but if she does win, she wants to use her prize money to buy a house that has room for her expanded family AND to start and after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth. She is an all-round terrific person and I encourage you to go to this site to vote for her starting today until April 3. Vote early and often!