The students enjoyed his story about working in a car factory, as he demonstrated his job on the assembly line. He sang songs, explained what he went through to get his books published, and told great stories about his childhood.
I think my favorite part of the day, though, was his out-going, friendly personality. When we walked into the assembly, he immediately started introducing himself to teachers who were standing along the wall. He happily posed for selfies and chatted about growing up in Michigan. At the end of the assembly, he stood at the door and greeted each child as they filed out. Everyone got a smile and a handshake or hug.
Mr. Curtis signed well over 300 books for our students today, happily personalizing them and stopping for pictures with teachers as they stopped by. I've never had so many teachers stop by for a picture as I had today. I think Ms. Newton, our principal, is still floating from their conversation.
Check out pictures of our awesome visit below! Thank you to Little Shop of Stories, On The Same Page, Decatur Education Foundation and all the folks who bring OTSP to our community. The excitement around reading today has vibrated throughout our building.
Thanks, Christopher Paul Curtis, for making F.AVE's day!