I traveled back to Scotland in June and in October of 2022. I presented at GEORGE HERIOT School in Edinburgh. The presentation in June was exciting. In the middle of my presentation the fire bell rang. I had to evacuate the school with the students. We walked to the back of George Heriot School near Grassmarket. When I returned, the students welcomed me back by cheering and banging on their desks. They seemed to enjoy the presentation. When I returned in October, I presented to the P6 classes and did a team building workshop with a new P6 class. The response was great!
I also presented at St. Ninian School in Perth and did an interactive workshop for the Perth Kinross Young Carers. I have been to St. Ninian a few times now. The kids were excited to see me. In October I returned to St. Ninian and St. John Schools. I presented to the S1 students and did a fun song and story session with the P3’s. The S1’s are always a hard sell. So much bravado. They were engaged, which is saying something. The P3’s loved it!
I traveled up to Kintore and Monymusk, which is northeast of Aberdeen. I presented to 350 students at Kintore and did a fun song and story session in a P2 class. I then drove to Monymusk School. There were approximately 56 students. It was a one hundred and fifty year old school. The students were excited. One boy named Christian came into talk with me after I played guitar for the younger students. He seemed to want a little extra time with me.
In October I took fifteen Young Carers to Dalguise. It was an exhausting experience. On the first night I was awakened at 11:40 pm and then at 12:30 a.m. by two young boys who just couldn’t sleep. The next day I had to go on the Giant Swinging Chair. I thought I was going to puke. Between no sleep and a no so good breakfast, I was not in any shape to do a Giant Swing.
During one of the evenings I played a game called Ambush with the kids. I was laying on top of a hill, hiding from another group of kids, as the rain poured not my face. And yes, I did get a bad cold as a result of the damp. cold Scottish weather.