What a Great Day!

I had other plans for today. Plans that included rides and shows and temptations of those expensive gadgets kids think they need while at a theme park and cry until mom or grandmom finally give in. But time was running out and I just couldn’t find another date to do our Atlas premier party that I promised we’d have back in July. I try my hardest to keep my promises, and the Atlas premier party was no exception. 

I don’t regret it for one moment.

Ana1The day started with a workshop at Deltona Elementary in Spring Hill. I got to share the good news of unitedstreaming and DEN, in more ways than one. When explaining the benefits of being a STAR DEN member I got to present Ana McMoran with a certificate as our 2007 FETC North Florida DEN Scholarship Recipient. She screamed, so I screamed, and I think we finally woke up the last of the sleeping souls in the homes around the schools.

Then it was time to get on the road and race to our Atlas party in Orlando. Thank goodness for Darlene and Larry Wolfe, they were already inside setting up. (I wasn’t late, but I wasn’t China1 as early as I like to be.) My dad ran off to get the balloons (funny story on the balloons, but too much to say to include it here) while the Wolfes and Cheryl Woolwine helped set up the technology.

We had a great time with 10 DEN members present, including one I’ve only met through electronic means (Kathy Bunch), two who came quite a distance (Cheryl from St. Augustine and Tracie Belt from Tampa area) and South Florida’s Debbie Bohanan. Janet Hallstrom, Larry and Cheryl were able to catch up from Summer Regionals, while Connie Bergstrom and Nathan Guteras networked with everyone. We played a China Trivia Game, inspired by Atlas Quest. OH by the way, the Chinese have a Communist government according to the CIA Factbook. The China3intro to "Explore China" on the Atlas website says "Economics of feudalism and communism are out. Capitalism is in with a Chinese Twist."

Darlene and Larry hosted the event and Cheryl came the furthest, so they were honored with Chinese hats. Dim Sum Feast played the Altas Soundtrack for all patrons to enjoy that China2day. Everyone got a "take out" box with a North Star stress toy to navigate by when exploring their world and a Chinese jump rope (I want video of someone actually using theirs!).  Each star had a number that gave them a prize on the table. They also got quite a few gamecards, courtesy of the Discovery Store, to win a trip to China during the premiere tomorrow night. They all understand that if they win they need to take their faithful leader.

Our next stop was the Discovery Store. Come on! Who can go to Orlando and NOT go to the Discovery Store? Three other DEN members also joined me as we shopped and had a great time exploring new products. Cheryl was buying things for an upcoming presentation "De-Stressing with unitedstreaming." Fun title! We’ll share it next week.

Tgif1The last stop before making it home was to this great place. Not to eat or watch a game. It was all about DEN business, but the sign outside really excited me. I’m always looking for FREE WIRELESS! They also have air hockey. I’m ready to challenge the next person, and I won’t let you win like I let Joey. Well, unless my mom stands near me and nags me into letting you win like she does when I play against Joey.

Are you not proud though that I had my camera and remembered it at all events except our shopping excursion? (I was too busy loading up my arms!)

Thank you all for spending the day DEN style! Enjoy Atlas tomorrow. I cannot wait to hear about all the parties you have planned in creative ways. The videos should be available on Monday.

North Florida, you’re the best!


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  1. Ana McMoran said:

    Thanks Danielle for coming to our school. It was a great day. My teachers loved the training, and I think they are starting to feel a little bit more at ease with technology. After you left,we got to work on INspiration and RealeBooks. They took pictures for a story and Made their own books. They had a blast, I’ll be sending you all the books tonight. By the way I just woke up. Je. And THANKS!!!!!!!!!to all at DEN for allowing me the opportunity to go to FETC. I am thrilled!!!! Do not have words….Thanks a million.

  2. Nathan Guteras said:

    The Orlando/Central Florida event luncheon was fun. It was my first time to that mall as well. The tech tools you recommended are working well. Hopefully I will secure funds to purchase a student response system for my school as well. Look forward to FETC and the next adventure with Cosmeo. Thank you again for celebrating your birthday with us.

  3. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Danielle You forgot to mention it was also your special day. Happy Birthday! Danielle did all of this on her birthday. What a dedicated DEN manager!
    Thanks for pulling it all together! The door prized were great. But I think the best part was meeting everyone and spending time together and learning more about CHINA and Discovery Atlas! Thanks for everything see you next week!

  4. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Thanks for a wonderful day. I can’t wait to host my own launch party! I am targeting third grade for my first party since they teach about cultures around the world. I am going to borrow some of your ideas so everyone has a wonderful time.

    Thanks again for a great day and happy birthday again!

  5. Tom Turner said:

    I’m glad you all had a great time. I just wish I could have been there to have the fun with you guys.

    Also a VERY HAPPY Birthday to the nations BEST and most DEDICATED to its members DEN Manager. We’re extremely lucky to have you as a manager and a friend!

  6. Kathy Bunch said:

    Thank you so much for giving up your plans to spend your birthday with us!! It was so wonderful!! I can’t wait for more days like this one!! I’m looking forward to next Saturday!!

  7. Michele Futch said:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I’m sorry I missed out. I will see you next week at Epcot!

  8. Debbie Bohanan said:

    we missed you at the luncheon. I hope your year is going well.

    I was hoping to put a face with your name. Maybe at the next event.

    Job well done. You have inspired me. I am going to do a similar game with my teachers at the launch party. The restaurant “Dim Sum Feast” was kind enough to give me some chopsticks and fortune cookies for my launch party.

  9. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I’m glad to hear that someone else in the DEN is addicted to Air Hockey. I look forward to playing Danielle at FETC. I advise everyone to stand back. I have a feeling that the puck may go airborne once or twice during the challenge. 🙂

  10. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I had a great time at the party! You should of seen the faces when I walked in with my hat and balloons this morning! Definetly sparked interest!

  11. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Danielle, I am proud you remembered your camera but I am not that you took pictures of me! Also enjoyed the shopping at Discovery store – realized there is stuff for everyone in there not just teachers! I will be doing some Christmas shopping in there this year to find that something special for the hard to find gifts! With a 15% discount!

  12. Michele Futch said:


    The Discovery store is truly great!!! I can find the best stuff in there. They have really unique educational toys and gifts. Somehow, I have a hard time parting with the items after I buy them. Imagine that?

  13. Tracie Belt said:

    The atlas kick off party was great. It was a wonderful chance to network with other great teachers. I am glad Danielle is such a fun Den leader.
    Also, thanks to Darlene and Larry for picking such a great restaurant.

  14. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Michele, you would have loved the store this weekend. I got Joey a Christmas present- the Dino Raptor thing – that big one. Price was normally $100, got it for $50 (plus the small discount.) But still! Woo hoo! Now I just have to find the Robosapien at that price and convince him he wants Santa to bring him that toy too. (He’s on to mommy and told me to write my own list to Santa and not use him.)

  15. Michele Futch said:

    Congratulations Ana! Enjoy your trip to FETC. It’s supposed to be really great!

  16. Michele Futch said:

    Joey will love his Dinoraptor. Tommy has really enjoyed playing with his. He took it to school and shared it with his Science class. They really enjoyed it.

  17. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Oh and Debbie – you’re on! I challenge you to a game of Air Hockey on January 25th!

  18. Ana McMoran said:

    Thanks Michele I am really going to enjoy this trip, something I really wanted to do for a long time!

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