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One Amazing Day!

When I started this blog about 10 months ago, I did so as a way to keep myself focused on the good stuff about public education - because I know there is LOTS of good stuff out there, despite the unfortunate public perception lately. During my blog growth, I found exactly what I was looking for. A network of teachers who give 110% to their students every single day, even in the face of slashed budgets, furlough days, increased demands and less time to complete them.

An unexpected benefit of this blog was "meeting" some other incredible educators who don't necessarily stand in front of a classroom full of students every day, but still touch and enrich the lives of children every day. This is the case with someone I am now proud to call my friend - Mrs. Debbie Clement. I actually met Debbie through Teaching Blog Traffic School course, which has been simply amazing for networking!

Debbie is a children's book author and singer/songwriter. She also hosts a blog called Rainbows Within Reach. I met Debbie through some networking and her enthusiasm was instantly evident and contagious. Through a remarkable twist of fate, we realized that she was going to be staying just 10 minutes from my school this month. After some emailing and discussion with my principal it was all set. Debbie was coming to my school!
Me, Debbie and Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles
Friends, I can not even begin to tell you how incredible the day was. I was lucky enough to be an acting administrator the day she was with us, so I spent most of the day with her in the library ushering in the classes and making sure she had what she needed. Every single teacher who came with their class was smiling, clapping, singing along and telling me how incredible Debbie was. The buzz on the playground was also incredibly positive and you know that that means everything! I mean look at these pictures!
Debbie touched the lives of over 500 children during her visit. We sang, we danced, we learned sign language. The kids responded to her instantly and watched her intently. Be sure to read about this special moment {HERE} on Debbie's blog. This little one was so attached to Debbie that she was sobbing when it was time to leave!

Teacher after teacher would ask, "Where does she get her energy?" I don't know, but I wish I did!

The children below are holding Debbie's beautiful quilts that became the illustrations for her books. As much as the kids were fascinated by them, the adults couldn't stop talking about the detail in each one.
See the giraffe behind Debbie and the kids? Well, it seems he went unnoticed until Debbie became one herself to sing Tall Giraffe (which I'm still singing to myself, by the way). Debbie was so great with her impromptu responses to the kids. She told them, "He must have come here because they heard all of your beautiful singing!" And I'm pretty sure they believed her!
Debbie's books come with CD's that bring them to life with beautiful music. Be sure to see Red, White and Blue written just after 9/11. My favorite has to be Tall Giraffe, the subtle African melodies won me over. If you're looking for a song to sing for a parent event or Kindergarten graduation, don't miss You're Wonderful. Click {HERE} to see her books. Debbie has generously offered a 15% discount to my blog readers! Just enter promo code SunnyD at checkout.


Although Debbie was with us for just one day, the memories will last a lifetime.
Thank you, Debbie - so very, very much!

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25 comments:

  1. Wow, she looks amazing! I'll have to check her out.
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  2. What a great day! Thanks for sharing!!

    www.youcanmakethesunshineanytime.blogspot.com

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  3. How sweet! I could just hear your enjoyment when I was reading this. I want her to come to my school!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this special day with us.

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  5. Wow! She looks wonderful!! I can't wait to check out her books and cds. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful photos!

    Rebecca
    Teaching First

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  6. That was very encouraging after a day like today!! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

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  7. This is incredible...my mind is turning...how, oh, how, can I get her here to Maine?
    Krissy
    Mrs.Miner’s Monkey Business

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  9. She is just amazing!! I would LOVE for her to be able to come back every year!! Such a gift to the students!!

    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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  10. I loved reading this post! Looks and sounds like such a fun day!!!

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  11. I wish I could have witnessed all this! In fact, I really wish I were able to convince my school district to bring Debbie Clement up to New Hampshire! It sounds like it was truly an incredible day!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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  12. Looks like your students had a whale of a good time!!!

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  13. Fun! I am blessed to have met both of you in "real life" already so I know you had a wonderful time! Thanks for the pictures - it looked so much fun!

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog
    Teaching Blog Traffic School

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  14. Wow! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time :) Debbie's energy seems contagious just from the pictures, I'm heading over to check out her books now :) Thanks for sharing this great experience with us and introducing a new author to me :) Have a super rest of your weekend :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

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  15. I am so jealous... Debbie is an amazing woman! We all need a little Debbie to keep in our pockets to rah-rah us when we are feeling down. :-D

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  16. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

    Denise you did me proud all right!!! Your sharing of our time together is at least a super good glimpse of 'some' of the fun. With 27 classrooms of children, in 7 presentations..... well let's just say is was an AWESOME day.

    You did such an amazing job of thinking through every possible detail, which made my job easy-peasy!!! I know that Charity, our fairy-blog mother is proud. She literally brought us together!!! Thanks Charity!

    Just as I hoped, you've introduced me to a whole new wave of teachers + bloggers and for that I will always be grateful. I've had all sorts of new visitors today as a result of your enthusiasm.

    You're the best.
    Debbie Clement
    Rainbows Within Reach
    PreK and K Sharing

    YEAH TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Shaking pom-poms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Sounds like it was an absolutely incredible experience....makes me jealous!!!

    ~jeannie~
    ­ Kindergarten Lifestyle

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