A big thank-you to the staff and students of Shipyard Elementary School for my Writers In The Schools vist there yesterday. I had great fun talking to students in Grades 3, 4, and 5, and your school made me feel very welcome. (Great pizza for lunch, too!) Maybe I’ll see you again next year!
I just emailed a letter of complaint to the Staples company. I’m not including a link in this post, but they’re a business/stationery supply company and you’ve likely heard of them anyway.
For the last number of years, they’ve put forth a back-to-school media campaign featuring delighted parents stocking up on school supplies while snippets of the song “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” play in the background.
As a parent who enjoys having her children home for the summer, I have been and continue to be insulted by this, and I think it sends a terrible message to children.
And I just told them so. I’ll probably never hear anything back from them, but damn, it felt good to finally get it off my chest.