School Visits

This video was made by Language Arts teacher & librarian, Liz Munkwitz, at Arrowhead High School

Here’s an interview from TMJ4’s THE MORNING BLEND, which was a result of my Arrowhead HS visit and a video I put together with my son, Justin, after meeting AHS Alec Raebel. It exemplifies the power of how “One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.” Find out how Alec’s anti-bullying poem saved a girl’s life and his inspiring story that has had  profound impact on me and thousands of others! Facebook  or  YouTube



From Chris Sheff, Nicolet High School English Teacher

on May 31, 2016
I am a high school teacher and had my advanced and regular level classes read this novel. I was amazed by how this book resonated with almost all of my students. My advanced level classes debated the actions of the characters and the difficult issues raised throughout the book. Many students in my regular level classes throughout the year struggled with simply completing reading assignments, even when give just a few pages to read, due to lack of interest or difficulty with reading. When given this book and asked to read the first chapter, many students came back and had read multiple chapters. Only a few days later many students had completed the whole book, which was the first book that some of these students have ever read from cover to cover. These students were engaged in class discussions, and some students who had not voluntarily participated in class the whole year had multiple viewpoints to share. My students found the format of how this book was written, as well as the story, to be very intriguing. I have never seen a book get such a great reception from such a wide range of students. Kids were literally talking about this book in the hallways, which again I have never seen before. Many teachers and parents ended up reading this book because of how much buzz it generated. Not only is this book a fascinating read, but it brings up many important issues that young people (really all people) deal with that do not always get the attention or conversation that they merit.
“This book needs to be in as many schools as possible. ” If you would like to get in touch with Mr. Sheff for additional information, please email:
Liza is an award-winning educator with over twenty-five years experience.

Detailed programs and more information: School Presentations

On May 15, 2016, 40 students and 10 educators from five different high schools converged on Washington Island for a day of experiential learning. To learn more about Life Imitates Art: Walking in the footsteps of Hello? characters, please click on the “Life Imitates Art” page tab or check out the article on Hypable.

Teacher resources for HELLO?Pre- or post-visit activities

To receive comments from students about Liza’s visits, email request to:

To learn more about my presentations from other educators, please feel free to contact:

Susan Anderson, Library Media Specialist, Clinton High School,

Elizabeth Bartell, Library Media Specialist, Anderson High School,

Terri Carnell, Arrowhead English teacher utilizing Hello? as part of their curriculum,

Irene Kistler, Library Media Specialist, Alamo Heights High School,

Kacy Rohr, Middle School Principal/Curriculum Director, Kewaunee School District,

Jerod Santek, Write On Door County Executive Director, DC school liaison,

Michelle Walny, Nicolet High School English Teacher who spearheaded utilizing Hello? as part of the curriculum for the entire sophomore class,


To request additional information or for questions, email:


For book clubs or classrooms: Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 4.00.15 PM

The Reader and The Chef (Melissa de Montigny and Flor Isabel) made these incredible Banana, Chocolate-chip, Cherry Muffins, which are mentioned in Hello?. This photo was posted on their Instagram. Feel free to share their recipe:

Banana, Chocolate-chip, Cherry Muffins,

Recipe created by Flor Isabel

Ingredients – Makes 6 muffins

1 banana

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 tsp salt 1 egg

1/2 cup yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 cup vegetable oil


1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda


1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup cherries – maraschino or pitted fresh cherries

Crush the banana in the mixer (medium speed is fine) then mix in the sugar, salt, egg, yogurt, vanilla and vegetable oil for about 3-4 minutes. Sift the cup of flour and baking soda and mix in (low speed) until well incorporated. Be careful to not over mix! Fold in with spatula in smooth circles the chocolate chips and maraschino cherries Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. If necessary, bake longer. Insert a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean.