Hobe Sound, FL USA
SCHOOL VISITS: PreK - 5
As a teacher, working with kids is what I love most! My multimedia presentations are designed to share the excitement and fun of writing! I share my journey as an author and give a behind-the-scenes look at how an idea becomes a published book - including a pile of rejection letters, which the kids always love! I stress the importance of revision and how to give and take constructive comments. We do an interactive reading and writing activities.
Year(s) of participation: 2011, 2013
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
PINE JOG ELEMENTARY in West Palm Beach, FL
MARIANNE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT PINE JOG
I loved visiting this school, sharing my nature awareness books with Grades K-4 (600 kids in all). The first graders sang my "Over in the Forest" book as I showed the illustrations on a big screen to Grades K-2, and the older grades performed a Readers Theater using my animal migration book, "Going Home!" What a thrill to see how they used my interactive books connecting them to nature and celebrating our earth!
Pine Jog Elementary is a wonderful school that has an environmental and science focus, built to green building standards. They have the most amazing gardens, including a beautiful butterfly garden where the photo attached was taken with Frances Fry, the reading coach who arranged my visit. I am holding a bag of amazing veggies and herbs that they gave me from their garden, and Frances is holding my latest book, What's in the Garden?
The school decided to give my donation to the Pine Jog Environmental Center with which they are affiliated. A non-profit organization, it preserves 135 acres of natural Florida habitat. Their mission is to "develop, provide and model education programs which foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world and instill a sense of stewardship toward the Earth and all its inhabitants." A perfect choice, I think, for the A4ED collaboration.
photos of the kids giving my donation to Pine Jog Environmental Center
JUPITER FARMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Jupiter, FL
MARIANNE BERKES INSPIRES KIDS AT JUPITER FARMS
Read an article about Marianne's A4ED event.
It was so rewarding to see how the students were really into "authorsforearthday" and what they can do to help organizations like the five that they had on their ballots.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a local organization in Jupiter, was the winner. The kids were so thrilled since many of them visit the sanctuary often since it is very close to their school. The principal, Mr. Thompson at Jupiter Farms announced the winner after I did my presentations, and Sylvan Learning was also present.
This event was connected with a project they were doing about oceans called LEAP. And one of my publishers (Dawn Publications) had an Earth Day contest, and Jupiter Farms Elementary where I presented the "authors for Earth Day" won third prize. So cool. The event was also in the local paper. The kids in the photo made masks of fish that live in ocean reefs after reading my book, "Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef" and learned what we can do to save the reef.