Friday, October 27, 2006

The Association Road Leads Us to Pekin

To end our day on October 24th we were off to Pekin. Here we were greeted by two High School seniors, Matt Swanson and Aschley Mosbey. Matt and Aschley served as our tour guides throughout the building and lead us to the area of the Kindergarten rooms where I read. These two are certainly special leaders! They could answer questions about the history of the building, give us data on the district and shared with us their higher education ambitions. Thanks Matt and Aschley for "showing us the way"! Pekin and all of Iowa are in good hands with your leadership!

To end the school day I was given the opportunity to read to all three Kindergarten classes. The first spot where I read was in Mrs. Ruth Lowenberg's class. Here she is pictured with her Kindergarten homeroom on the left.

Next I read to Mrs. Jody Van DerHorst's Kindergarten homeroom. Mrs. Van Der Horst's homeroom is pictured here with her on the right.

The third group of Kindergatener's that I had the chance to share a favorite read aloud in was Mrs. Carol Kelly's homeroom. The children were all so enthusiastic about having a guest reader and were so attentive! Thanks, boys and girls and thanks and thank you Kindergarten teachers for all the great work you do every day!

As the school day ended, the Pekin EA hosted a lovely reception for members in the school Media Center. Pictured here are the mother-daughter team of Helen Coffin (on the right), Elementary Special Education teacher and her daughter Chris Coffin (on the left), High School Spanish teacher.

Pekin EA president, Bob Witzenburg (pictured at left) introduced me to the membership meeting. Thanks, Bob for your long-time leadership!

Several dozen Pekin EA members were able to join us for conversation and a delightful spread of delicious food. Thanks, Pekin EA for the extra special afternoon!

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