It’s three days after the presentation of “The Life of Thomas Paine” at the Philadelphia Academy Charter School and I’m still glowing from the experience. Interacting with children who are receptive to learning is so gratifying. The audience was comprised of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. It was a wide range of ages, but I think the text reached across the discrepancy of ages.
I ran a little late that day, but Kelly and Brian from the Rational Response Squad were there ready to unload my car, set up the room and help me into my costume. I could not have done the assembly without them! It was the first time they have seen me perform and yet they knew immediately how to set up the table of Colonial games and the PowerPoint. We were ready within a half hour of my arrival.
Kelly and Brian wore “I love Margaret Downey” T-shirts. It was so nice of them not only to be there to help, but to show the students and teachers that they support my efforts. I was so proud!