The enthusiastic applause of hundreds of young readers roaring through the school! That’s what our A4ED authors & illustrators hear every year as we announce the conservation organizations that win our students’ votes. It’s quite a thrill!
This year we supported 34 events across the United States and in Canada, a couple of which were in the news. Along the way, we celebrated 16 new participants and 11 participants who have joined us for at least 3 years. And with an average donation of $700, our annual total reached $22,560!
That brings our grand total to nearly $75K!!
Such a feat could never be accomplished without the extraordinary generosity of our 2017 Team. And what a prestigious line-up it was: KUDOS & THANKS to Stuart Gibbs (who actually did two events this year), David Lubar, Joann Early Macken, Peter Catalanotto, Lili DeBarbieri, Jeramey Kraatz, Darcy Pattison, Ken Keffer, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Linda Crotta Brennan, Sandy Asher, Miranda Paul, Rebecca Stead, Yolanda Ridge, Debbie Dadey, Elissa Brent Weissman, Kim Norman, Deborah Lee Rose, Kate McMullan (who also enjoyed two events), Jeff Kinney, Wendy Mass, Andrew Clements, Nancy Castaldo, Sarah Mlynowski, Barbara Gowan, Jody Feldman, Steve Swinburne, Dan Gutman, Brooke Bessesen, Linda Bozzo, Heather Alexander and Peter Lourie.
Dozens of organizations received our financial support. From cleaning up waterways, to replanting forests, from protecting endangered species and preserving wild spaces, to instituting ingenious advances in human sustainability, every beneficiary plays a role in the global conservation effort. A full list of donation recipients, now totaling more than 80 organizations, can be found here.
While our participants are grateful to be able to contribute to so many important charities through the voices of our readers, Authors for Earth Day is exponentially greater than the sum of our donations.
We engage today’s youth with encouraging words, empower them with fact-based knowledge, and cultivate social responsibility and environmental stewardship. After students research the most pressing environmental problems, every educated vote they cast is a vote for solutions. Most importantly, their experience is shared with parents and peers. Knowledge gained grows and spreads—seeding new soil, nourishing new minds.
We love that our program is a win-win-win for everyone involved. And in this time of political unrest, we love bringing hope for a brighter tomorrow.
2018… here we come!
Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Executive Director