Sevierville, TN USA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 5
With younger students, Debbie Dadey engages students in an interactive skit, stressing the importance of practice in any endeavor. With older students, she discusses how she started writing, how she gets ideas, how she works with an illustrator and co-author, and the writing process.
Year(s) of participation: 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
DEBBIE CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS AT BEND GATE & JEFFERSON & SPOTTSVILLE & A. B. CHANDLER
You can go home again! To celebrate Earth Day 2016, I was able to visit four schools in my home county of Henderson, Kentucky. Things started off with a Cereal Box book parade, followed by Donuts with Debbie, and ended with visiting thousands of elementary school students to talk about my books and the environment. But my celebration actually began before I walked inside the first school. When I saw a young Jefferson Elementary student named Destiny pick up some trash that her little brother had accidentally dropped on the street, I decided to make Destiny next month's Mermaid Queen. Hurrah for Destiny and every student who cares about our environment!
2015 at R.B. WALTER SCHOOL, Tioga, PA, USA
DEBBIE GIVES BACK AT R.B. WALTER
Did you know that mermaids are environmentalists? In fact, I think mermaids care more for their ocean environment than humans do for theirs. I know because four mermaids are the characters in my newest series, The Mermaid Tales from Simon and Schuster. On my recent Author for Earth Day 2015 visit, kids learned about the dangers of plastic bags to leatherback turtles and how automobile exhaust is detrimental to polar bears. Mermaid Tales #7, Dream of the Blue Turtle, features a leatherback turtle, while my newest book, The Polar Bear Express, has Kiki and friends helping a lost polar bear cub. In addition to talking about helping our planet, we took action. As an Author for Earth Day, I agreed to make a donation to conservation. The kids chose between several organizations. I showed pictures of the various animals helped by each and the Humane Society of the United States was the winner, aided by some adorable animal headshots. So perhaps I should rephrase my second sentence. Mermaids care more for their environment than SOME humans do, but definitely not the wonderful kids at R. B. Walter Elementary School Elementary!
2014 at AMITY ELEMENTARY CENTER, Douglassville, PA, USA
DEBBIE EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT AMITY
I've participated in Authors for Earth Day in the past, but was delighted to visit Amity Elementary Center this year in conjunction with Earth Day and the release of my newest Mermaid Tales book, Dream of the Blue Turtle. Usually schools vote on the day of the author visit, but I asked AEC if they could vote in advance. I was delighted when they chose the Whale and Dolphin Conservatory after researching the various organizations. The conservatory is a perfect choice for a school because I was able to make a donation toward adopting three different animals, one for each of the sessions I did with the delightful kids at AEC.
For the Kindergarten and First graders, I adopted a dolphin named Mischief in their name. The second and third graders were thrilled to be the adopted sponsors of a whale named Coral, who lost his mother to fishing gear entanglement. The fourth and fifth graders became the proud 'parents' of an orca named Holly. Through the organization the students will receive adoption certificates, monthly updates, stickers, and Whale and Dolphin magazines so that my Authors for Earth Day visit won't be just a one-time thing, but an on-going learning experience.
As for my author visit? I shared with students about my research for my newest book, Dream of the Blue Turtle. I held up a cloth shopping bag after talking about the 2000 pound leatherback turtle. "Something in this bag can kill a leatherback. What do you think it is?" Guesses ranged from a shark to a sword! But they were all surprised when I pulled out a type of plastic grocery bag that leatherbacks often mistake for jellyfish (their favorite food). If a leatherback eats enough plastic bags, they will die. That's why I encouraged students to try to either reuse their plastic bags, recycle them, or use cloth bags. I hope between adopting ocean animals for their classes and sharing my research about leatherbacks, students at Amity Elementary Center took home something from their Authors for Earth Day visit that they'll remember forever.
2010 at LAUREL HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Laurel Hill, North Carolina, USA
DEBBIE GOES GREEN AT LAUREL HILL!
Everyone at Laurel Hill Elementary was fabulous. The children, after much debate and research, voted to contribute my fee to The Scotland County Humane Society. Gay Terry of the Humane Society was even able to come by the school for a presentation of the check. In addition to the research, discussion, and debate the children wore green and blue, planted seeds, made posters, and discussed ways to help the environment.
I wore green myself and was thankful to be part of this Earth Day celebration!