Tomorrow I am participating in my first “virtual” school event at Lititz Elementary School. This is where my children attend school so it is the perfect place to begin this “virtual” author journey. I am presenting to a 5th grade class in the school that is jump-starting the new trimester with a SOAR theme! I mean, check out these amazing inspirational messages from the class!
I have my google slides ready to go. I have rehearsed my “words of wisdom” and I am beyond excited to share this moment with the students. Their teacher has informed me that there are a few “budding authors” in the class and they have created some insightful questions to keep me on my toes!
I am supposed to give the kids a sense of the writing process along with the publishing process which I plan to do. But I also want to be open and realistic about how difficult and emotional publishing a book can be. I have discussed it before on this blog, but tomorrow I will be sharing with this idea with students- rejection is a big part of the publishing process and life in general. Even though the path may be difficult or take longer to reach your goal than you expected, all of the bumps in the road and rejection makes you a stronger person and a better writer.
My goal tomorrow is for the students to leave our virtual visit with a sense of inspiration to pursue their dreams, embrace their innate gifts, and a goal to contribute their passion as they grow and become leaders in society. I know many of these kids personally and I am beyond excited to share this experience with them and see where their goals lead them.