Every once in a while after I visit a school with my “weather roadshow” I get a bunch of “Thank You” letters from the class. It’s always great fun to see what the kids think of my visit. One package arrived today so I read through them while I was downing some lasagna. Funny stuff…the things kids say and write! Here are two great examples of how those great minds work. The first shows some serious creativity. Check out the sun and cloud that pops up when I open it. Then notice the very accurate 7 Day forecast down below. Nice TV cabinet down below too.
The 2nd is cool because this girl obviously has something else on her mind…JELLYFISH! She squeezed a thank-you, a question, and an educational page/pics all into one 4×5″ space. Check out that multi-tasking. And no, I didn’t know you shouldn’t put a moon jellyfish with a spotted jellyfish…interesting stuff.
I go to 20-30 schools each school year, and one year I somehow made it to 55. I really do enjoy visiting and I know a lot of these kids will remember that for the rest of their lives. You might think I’m being a bit dramatic, but listen to this: I still clearly remember a woman from 7-UP visiting my 4th grade class down in Monitor telling us about “citric acid” and she even brought free samples…quite a luxury in the 1970s. And I also vividly remember missing out when Jeff Renner (KING-TV Chief Meteorologist in Seattle) visited my high school (W.F. West in Chehalis) around 1986. I was so mad about that; didn’t know he was coming until after he had left.
I think any change from the usual routine sticks out in kid’s minds. And hey, I get them out of spelling or math for 45 minutes so they probably like it when I show up.
By the way, if you’re a teacher, we do have a sign-up form on the weather page at http://www.kptv.com. The bad news is that we’re full for this year. We’ll be signing up classes again in August/September.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen