award-winning author and illustrator
Redding, CA USA
SCHOOL VISITS: PreK - 6
My most popular programs are interactive, with hands-on activities. In "Author in the Classroom" I bring in my author's toolbox, share my version of the writing process then engage them in a writing activity as a springboard for their own writing. My Native American studies' program centers on my book, "Powwow's Coming." After sharing it, students listen to powwow drum group music, view a powerpoint on various dance regalia, and end by making and playing a traditional Native game.
Year(s) of participation: 2014, 2015
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
HAPPY VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL in Anderson, CA USA
LESLIE GIVES BACK AT HAPPY VALLEY
Had a fun visit this week as part of Authors for Earth Day. Though the voting was close, this year again, Pets Without Partners won the majority vote. It is a local rescue center that does not euthanize.
I also shared how I recycle and reuse plastic bags into "plarn" and then crochet it into tote bags etc. Last, I left each class some blank puzzles for them to design into a poster on how they plan to help the Earth take shape. So much fun!
The group photo is with one of five classes I visited. The young lady in the front row wearing a cap shared a presentation she and a few other students made on the dangers of Plastics in the ocean. Very well done.
HAPPY VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL Anderson, CA USA
LESLIE EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT HAPPY VALLEY
>It's my pleasure to report that my Author for Earth Day school visit happened on April 22, 2014, Earth Day itself, at Happy Valley Primary School in Anderson CA., a K-4 school.
HVPS has been very active in conservation programs over the years: students there are involved in recycling programs, planting trees, and learning more about other ways to help our world and its inhabitants. My visit involved the older classes: Grades 3 and 4, but the day was packed with activities to honor and celebrate conservation with all the grades. The enthusiasm of the teachers as well as the kids was contagious! Besides sharing information about my five non-profit 501 (c) organizations, I also told two First American stories, the Onondaga (one of the nations of the Haudenausaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy) story of "The Earth on Turtle's Back" and the Wiyat (a Northern CA. coastal nation) story, "How Spider Got Its Web." In addition, I read my latest picture book, "Boy and Poi Poi Puppy," a story set in Hawaii in which a homeless puppy and a lonely boy become best friends.
Prior to my actual performance, a representative from HVPS, a parent and her third and fourth grades sons were interviewed with me on Rachel Lane's local talk-radio program, The Kitchen Sink, KRCR 1610AM and I was interviewed on another of their shows on a different day, Free Fire Radio with Carl and Linda Bott.
All four classes voted for Pets Without Partners, one of my two local organizations. PWP strives to find "forever homes" for homeless pets. I have sent my fee for the half-day program of $150.00 in the school's name to Pets Without Partners.
And the icing on the cake, so to speak, is that HVPS has made this an annual event!
It was a great experience and I look forward to next year.