September was a busy month for Sharkey and I. We spent approximately 5 weeks reading to schools on the Western Slope of Colorado including cities such as Montrose, Crested Butte, Delta, and others. Over 3,000 students got the opportunity to greet Sharkey, hear the message about bullying and diversity, and participated in a 'stand up and shout' message to empower them.
Librarians, teachers, principals, and school counselors were more than complimentary about the program, and there are many letters of recommendation coming in from all segments of the educational system. Sharkey rocks - it's that simple. She gets the message across and in such a way that students aren't intimidated. They learn well when they feel safe, appreciated, and are entertained by one of the cutest dogs around!
Here is a lovely statement from the librarian, Jamie Collins, at Crested Butte Elementary:
"Susan’s books contain powerful messages on bullying and acceptance which she feels passionately about, and it shows in her interaction with children. Through conversations with our school counselor and myself it is clear Susan has the safety of children in mind as she helps them to learn and grow as young students and readers. Throughout the process Susan was reliable, professional, and friendly."
We are now on our way west to spend time in the schools in Arizona and beyond. It's tough to be on the road so much, but the dogs are up for the challenge. Kittyhead? Well that's another blog altogether.