This school was the second ever at which students and staff dressed as superheroes for my visit. As it happens, the first was precisely a week prior.
Pine Road sold a pine tree's worth (sorry) of books, including Vanished: True Stories of the Missing. I'd not thought about the fact that the opening story in the book (about 2nd grader Erica Pratt) took place in Pennsylvania.
After my Superman/Batman/Siegel/Shuster/Finger talk, a 4th grade girl came up to me and said that she thought she was going to start crying while I told the saddest parts of the Bill Finger story. I told her that it would have been okay and that others have, including me.
A 4th grade boy asked me, "What is your perspective on misery and what is your perspective on joy?"
Definitely a first for me, and a profound one at that. I stammered out an answer-by-blindside that did not involve Bill, though in retrospect it could have. His story is that odd blend of both.
photo by Ellen Zschunke; note Batgirl