Catty Wompus at Donlon Elementary

by EMS Team, May 13, 2012

Hello Catty fans!

You may have read on the FaceBook page that Donlon Elementary in Pleasanton, California invited me to come and speak during their Friendship Week that began on Monday, April 23rd. I had the honor of reading and discussing Catty Wompus: A Tale of Friendship to four fifth grade classes.

I was honored that Ms. Melissa Dragoo arranged for me to visit the school and meet all the cool kids and take part in their school-wide efforts to promote friendship, understanding and acceptance. I met so many awesome students and they even helped me with some ideas on the next installment in the Catty series entitled Catty Wompus and The New Kid! Yay! I have to say, those Donlon kids have it going on! They are smart, respectful and know how to make a visitor feel welcome and comfortable.

How’s this for a greeting? When I arrived, the first thing I saw were these super awesome welcome posters that Ms. Dragoo’s students had created for me. That’s what I call the ultimate welcome mat, Catty fans. You can add “amazing artists” to the long list of accolades I have for the students at Donlon Elementary.

Ms. Dragoon sent two lovely “ambassadors” to escort me to her room which was the first stop on the Catty-palooza tour. I felt like a rock star! When I got there, everyone gave me their full attention and made me feel right at home.

Donlon is one very cool school. Not only do they promote kindness and friendship but they care about animals, too! This is the pet food collection box that’s front and center outside the school office. I commend the administration at Donlon for instilling kindness toward our furry friends in need! Hey, that’s a good theme to look into for a Catty story, don’t you think? I came home and told my dogs, Tyson and Kobe about what good citizens the kids of Donlon are and they gave it two paws up!

A very special thanks goes out to Principal, Amy Simione, Attendance Secretary, Diana Boehmer and Administrative Secretary, Ruth Highstreet for their help in facilitating my visit and the fifth grade classroom teachers, Melissa Dragoo, Eryn Neidle, Michele Pollack and Melissa Schussel.

But most of all, I thank the DONLON STUDENTS! You kids rock! Stay cool, keep reading and always be kind to each other!

Your friend always,
Julie Howe

P.S. If any of you kids ever want to send me your stories to read, I would love to read them! Just send them to me via the “contact” link on the web-site:

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