Belleview Middle School. Ocala, Florida. Read to Death Award. 15


A foggy morning in Ocala, which I’m certain will burn off quickly.

Read to Death (1)I’m at Bellview Middle School today with the very fun Leola LeHew (I love her name) who picked me up at the hotel bright and early and whisk me to the school for a staff breakfast and book signing.  I was presented with the “Read To Death” award, which is going up on the wall of my office back at the farm.  I’m honored!

I spoke to 1,100 fabulous 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in two sessions.  You cannot believe all the things they did at the school to prepare for the visit.  They read “Sasquatch” as a One School One Read book and Bigfoot was seen all over the school.  They had a door decorating contest, which I had to judge.  Read to Death (2)A very difficult task.  All the doors were wonderful, but Leola made me pick one for each grade level and an overall champion.  They had a poster contest.   Quite a day at a great school.  Thank you for inviting me!

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15 thoughts on “Belleview Middle School. Ocala, Florida. Read to Death Award.

  • David White

    It was nice to see you today. I was one that had the questions for you on the side at the 1st assembly. I was stunned at all of the information I learned today just from your assembly. Thanks for visiting my school!

  • David White

    It was nice to see you today. I was one of the one few selected to ask a question at the 1st assembly (last person). I am glad that you visited my school and look foward to read the books to be out in the future!

  • Mary E. Watkins-teacher at BMS

    Thank you for sharing your life and your books with our school, Belleview Middle, on Monday, April 12, 2010. My students are voracious readers and your books are always in high demand in our media center. Please continue to write with the zest that keeps our students’ young minds engaged!

  • Mr. Maldonado

    Thank you for joining us! I know that the students really enjoyed your presentation. It was awesome to hear you speak and give insight into what inspires you to write. Thanks for the autographed copy of Sasquatch!

  • sharayton kalkai

    Thanks for coming to our school I really enjoyed you. I was so happy when our school anounced that we were going to read your book and so excited when they anounced that you were coming. Thank you for visting us and I will continue reading your wonderful books.

  • Troy Jones

    dear mr.smith Ireally enjoyed your presentation at BMS I also would like to say I have the firt I.Q book Indepence hall and I love it but I have a question to ask you about it. How did you manage to come up with Quest and the plot for it as well?

  • alexis jones

    thanks for comin out to our school i realli liled havin u there. u had som nic storiez to tell an i realli liked havin u here :O i lik to hear more bout the red wolvez again cuz i realli liked hearin bout it an again thatnk you for comin out to ou school an yeah i no i am spellin wrong but diz iz how i write on da computer ! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Tamia Hollis

    Thanks for coming to our school I reaaly enjoyed your visit and i also thought your you were very funny thanks for coming to our school so ya ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Mrs. Lindstrom

    Enjoyed your visit! I appreciate your letting the students know that they too can be writers! As their writing teacher that is my message to them as well. A huge fan of both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, I was quite excited when you shared that you had the chance to meet them both. Actually, jealous might be the better word. I look forward to reading more of your work. I think I will read Zach’s Lie next. Take care!

  • roland Post author

    I’m glad you enjoyed the visit. Regarding Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix…it was more like “bumped” into them rather than meeting them. They were young when I was young hanging out in Height Ashbury in San Francisco in a different dimension. ๐Ÿ™‚