Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, a school for students with learning differences used The First Thirty in different ways. They did a 'common read' of the book among staff, had the Upper Division students read the books as well, and they did peripheral projects & had theme days at school based on parts of the book. To read about this in a Fall 2012 letter to the students' parents from the head of school, click here & see page 2 of this link
At the end of the school year, the school brought Greg to campus for two days. On day one, he did a presentation for the students & staff, answered questions they had about the story, went to lunch with some teachers, signed copies of the book, and took part in a 'milkshake reception' with the staff & students (based on a theme in the book). The next day, he served as the graduation / convocation speaker - he spoke & helped pass out awards to graduates during the ceremony and then did a book & poster signing for those in attendance. In conjunction, a number of local companies engaged in additional projects with the school, using the books. During the trip, Greg also spoke at a number of other local events.
Here are pictures from the 3 day trip. If you click on them, many have captions as well. At the bottom of this page (below the pictures), there is a link to feedback received from students, staff/faculty, parents & school administrators (as well as feedback from those involved in the other events on this trip)
To read feedback from those in attendance, click here