Below is a pic taken during my talk. I was happy to see the kids loved the koala, and the alligator was a BIG crowd pleaser given its ties to Louisiana culture.
8:30 - 9am - 3rd grade (44 students)
9 - 9:30 - 7th grade (35 students)
9:30 - 10am - pre-3 year olds (50 students)
10 - 10:30 - kindergarten (20 students)
10:30 - 11:30 - break/lunch
11:30 - 12pm - 5th grade (40 students)
12 - 12:30pm - 1st grade (46 students)
12:30 - 1pm - break/lunch
1 - 1:30pm - 4th grade (46 students)
1:30 - 2pm - 6th grade (52 students)
2 - 2:30pm - 8th grade (29 students)
One of the sweetest moments of the day came at the end, which was nice because I was a bit sad to see it was over! Cahill Academy owner Kelly Cahill—a fan of my work and the woman who recruited me for the event—gave me a brass whale keepsake to remember the day by. I currently have it on my bedside table, and am in love with it! It's already gorgeous and something I would love; add to that the sentimental value and it is an extra special souvenir. I'll take a moment here to thank Kelly for including me in the Academy's wonderful event. A special thanks also to Whale Fest coordinator Beth Mastio! And also, as always, to my mom, for EVERYTHING! In particular, she made sure everything went smoothly so the students could have the best time possible. Mom was there the whole day, and we both had a great time. We were grateful to be there and honored to celebrate the special day with the students.