School Lunch Lady Superhero Day
When I was aligning all of the elements to launch School Lunch Superhero Day, there were many questions. Would a national organization come on board? Would we be able to get some sort of press release out to media to encourage people to celebrate the day? The answer to these questions was eventually answered in the affirmative, but all along I knew that I only needed one thing—The Nerdy Book Club. If I crafted a day that supported literacy and encouraged the imaginations of our young readers, I just would need to put up the Nerd Symbol over Nerd York City and my heroes would arrive. Of course, the Nerd Symbol in question would be the hashtag: #NerdyBookClub.
I am constantly amazed by the passion that the Nerdy Book Club members put into their work as educators. It really is like the Justice League of awesome educators. You have librarians, classroom teachers, and reading coaches from across the country meeting virtually to discuss what is most important to them—the welfare and education of our nation’s youth. To underscore the power of the Nerdy Book Club, I was approached by a librarian who was shocked to learn that School Lunch Superhero Day was my idea. “I thought it was just something the Nerdy Book Club made up!” they scoffed. See, the NBC has already reached mythical status.
School Lunch Superhero Day is an event that I hope will work on many levels. The most obvious would be the support of our nation’s school lunch staff. They are often the unsung heroes of our educational system, yet they are responsible for feeding 32 million school children every day. That’s a staggering amount of children with full bellies who are ready to learn! But the act of giving is as equally beneficial as the act of receiving, and I am just as excited for what these acts of goodwill on May 3rd will do for our kids. Selflessness is an important lesson that we must instill in our children. The actual acts of celebrating the day will also inspire creativity. While I have activities for download at SchoolLunchSuperheroDay.com and a Pinterest board at Pinterest.com/studiojjk, I can’t wait to see the imaginative ideas that students will come up with on their own. I already get to see the magic that they create when they write me with drawings of their own Lunch Lady gadgets and adventures.
I am giddy with excitement for May 3rd. School Lunch Superhero Day has already taken on a life of its own and I know the Nerdy Book Club will do it up. Some folks will have the time to celebrate with elaborate plans, but if you don’t have the time, don’t worry. To celebrate School Lunch Superhero Day, you simply need to head on over to your school cafeteria and say, “Thank you.”
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since. He currently has authored and illustrated eighteen published books—ten picture books and eight graphic novels. His Lunch Lady series has twice won a Children’s Choice Book Award, in the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year category, and was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. In the summer of 2013, Jarrett will have his chapter book debut with the publication of Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. While Jarrett awaits seeing his work adapted for the silver screen, he can be heard on The Book Report with JJK, his new radio segment on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and daughters and their pug, Ralph Macchio.
You can find him online at http://www.studiojjk.com and on Twitter as @StudioJJK.
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