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Rush Revere: Approved School Reading

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RUSH: Here's Angela in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  Hi, Angela, I'm glad you waited.  It's great to have you on the program.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Mega, mega dittos here from western North Carolina.

RUSH:  Thank you.

CALLER:  How are you today?

RUSH:  I'm great.  Thank you very much.

CALLER:  Listen, I thought you would find this interesting.  My son, who's a seventh grader, has read your wonderful Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.

RUSH:  Seventh grader is what?

CALLER:  He is 13.

RUSH:  Thirteen.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  Right there in the targeted age-group.

CALLER:  Yes.  At the upper end of your targeted age, I must say.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  His teacher is allowing him to use his reading of Rush Revere towards his SRC points requirement.

RUSH:  Wait, wait, wait, wait.  Are you kidding?

CALLER:  No.  Isn't that exciting?

RUSH:  The teacher is allowing this book to count?

CALLER:  This book is going to count.  Now, mind you, it took a special e-mail from me to ask, and she did want to review the book, which he had in his backpack that day, and we were just thrilled that she did not pooh-pooh it, so to speak.  And she is allowing him -- you know, it's a little bit complicated.  Each child tests at the beginning of the year and they are given a Lexile Level, most public schools, that is.  And then they have to meet a certain point requirement as part of their language arts --

RUSH:  Yeah, kind of like the concussion baseline test in the NFL.

CALLER:  (laughing) I don't think so.  But, at any rate, she was kind enough to let him use this reading of your book and count it towards his point value towards his grades.  So that was awesome news.

RUSH:  I'm sorry, that is incredible.  That is something -- I would expect the opposite to happen there.

CALLER:  Well, I did, too.  Now, you know, I'm not sure she knows who you are.  You know, she's a young teacher.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  But she knows who you are now because she's had your book in her hand.  But I thought --

RUSH:  Well, you know, there's nothing in that book that would offend anybody.

CALLER:  Oh, absolutely not.

RUSH:  Zero, zilch, nada.  That book is nothing but the truth of the founding.  There's nothing political in that book whatsoever.

CALLER:  No.  My son, like I said, he's 13.  He's a great reader.  His Lexile Level is around 1500, so your book's a little below his Lexile Level but he still read it and he still loved it.  And that's something I wanted parents out there to know.  They may just have to ask their teacher for their child to get --

RUSH:  Let me ask this.  Since he's got a superior reading level and obviously his comprehension's thus gonna be very high, how will being allowed to count this book help him?
             

CALLER:  Well, he's assigned a certain number of points he has to get every grading period.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  So, you know, sometimes it's difficult to ask your child to read a book that's not gonna count toward those points.  You know, they're busy, they're doing sports activities --

RUSH:  Right, right.

CALLER:  -- you know, they're running here and there.  So, you know, for a parent to push a book that's not gonna count for points at school, that's sometimes a lot to ask of your child.  So these points will count and will go to his overall language arts grade.

RUSH:  This is just stupendous.  This is great.  And credit to your teacher there. 

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  It may be, I don't know, the makeup of that part of North Carolina where you are and where the school district is, but this could be an act of bravery on her part.

CALLER:  I think so, too.  But thank you for all you do.  I commend you for getting up every day and doing what you do so well.  I'm grateful and thankful for you.

RUSH:  Well, I appreciate you saying that.  It's not an effort to get up.  Well, sometimes it's an effort to get up, but once I'm up it's not an effort.  I'm very lucky doing what I was born to do, love to do it, and I wish everybody could discover that.  It makes everything all that much more fun and still challenging, but still easier.  Now, I'll tell you what I want to do.  You probably don't have an audio version of the book, and I want to send you the audio version. It's about four and a half hours, it's four CDs.

CALLER:  Really?

RUSH:  Yeah, I want to send that out.

CALLER:  Oh!

RUSH:  And maybe throw in a couple of other things here.  What is your son's name, first name?

CALLER:  My son's name is Jack.

RUSH:  Jack.  Okay.  Well, I'm gonna send Jack a signed copy of the book.

CALLER:  That's awesome.  That's so great.

RUSH:  I'm tempted to offer to send a signed copy to teacher, but that might be going a bit too far.

CALLER:  Ooooh, go for it, Rush!

RUSH:  Well, I tell you what, when Mr. Snerdley's talking to you here off the air, will you give him her first name off the air?

CALLER:  I will.

RUSH:  I don't want to put her name on the radio. I don't want to make her a target here.

CALLER:  No.

RUSH:  And so we'll do that.  And hopefully -- I can't guarantee -- we'll try to get it out this week.

CALLER:  That would be awesome.

RUSH:  Well, Angela, you're part of the group of people making my day here today.  I can't thank you enough. 

CALLER:  I'm trying to raise Rush Babies here in North Carolina.

RUSH:  You're doing it.  You're doing it.  Great, great job and I'm flattered that you're there.

CALLER:  Thank you so much for all you do.

RUSH:  You bet.  Do not hang up.  Mr. Snerdley will get to you here just in time. 

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