It’s that time again! Time to express thanks and kudos to our annual A4ED team and celebrate our collaborative success.
Going year-round was a good thing. Participants did A4ED visits over several months and each generously donated money from their speaking fee to a conservation organization selected by a student vote. Across the country, tens of thousands of young readers took part in this special life experience!
MEET OUR 2015 PARTICIPANTS (click links to see photos and blurbs from our events): Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Barbara Gowan, Barb Rosenstock, Brooke Bessesen, Conrad Storad, Dan Gutman, Debbie Dadey, Deborah Heiligman, Elissa Brent Weissman, Jennifer Swanson, Jody Feldman, Linda Boyden, Linda Crotta Brennan, Miranda Paul, Molly Idle, Patricia Newman, Polly Holyoke, Sandy Asher, Suzanne Slade and Terri Farley. Happy fact: more than half the team has participated multiple years.
Together, school-by-school, dollar-by-dollar, we donated over $11,000 to non-profit organizations nurturing wildlife, humans and habitats in every corner of the world. Add that sum with previous years and our total A4ED contributions stretch to an impressive $44,121!
Words of gratitude from just a couple organizations that received support:
“Your proceeds are an outstanding achievement! Thank you so much. Let the children know every penny counts to us.”
“This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for the donation, and please thank the kids too.”
ORGANIZATIONS AIDED IN 2015: Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, For the Love of the Lake, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Greenpeace, The Honeybee Conservancy, Hug-It-Forward, Humane Society of the United States, Marine Mammal Center, Messinger Woods, Plastic Pollution Coalition, The Sierra Club, Ocean Conservancy, Pets Without Partners, Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund, Rainforest Trust, The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute), Southwest Monarch Study, Tifft Nature Preserve, Viva Vaquita, Wild at Heart, Wildlife Conservation Society and The Wolf Sanctuary of PA.
It is a privilege to be part of the Authors for Earth Day coalition, to work in unity with writers and artists who are not merely recognized for their talent, but who are dedicated to reaching their readers, speaking to them, empowering them, and giving them tools to attain a brighter future. Please encourage book-lovers and educators to connect through our A4ED Facebook and our extraordinary multi-author A4ED blog.
As we prepare for next year, we extend our humble gratitude to everyone who has helped this coalition grow. It takes a village.
Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Director