Good thing, too. That flight arrived before noon, no delays. And the snow arrived after noon. My original flight was indeed canceled.
But then, so was school on Tuesday. So I got to Denver in time to have a day in a hotel.
I spoke at four other schools, all lovely. I spoke three times at CCIRA, the Colorado Council International Reading Association conference, on Thursday. And on Saturday, I ran two writing workshops for middle schoolers as part of a program related to CCIRA.
My conference badge showed I was in for a good time.
This was an apt time to be in Denver is because it was the buildup week to the Broncos playing in Super Bowl 50 AND the buildup to the 102nd birthday of Bill Finger—who was born in Denver. The sweatshirt of this Littleton Academy student (Brady) could not have been more appropriate. And I’m not even a football watcher.
At Littleton, a first: a student (Sam) gave me a tour of the school. I am a big fan of schools that empower students with leadership opportunities—making the morning announcements, introducing guest speakers, etc.
Also at Littleton: even before I left the building, one of the teachers showed me work her students created immediately after the assembly.
They designed memorials for Bill, their native son.
And I believe that an actual Bill Finger memorial in Denver is possible…with a little help from the kids. Stay tuned…