Green Bay, WI USA
SCHOOL VISITS: Pre-K - 5
Miranda Paul is a former teacher and picture book author who loves visiting schools or leading workshops. Her presentations inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. She gets kids thinking about all kinds of writing, activates their passion to make a difference, and shows them how to celebrate creativity (often accompanied by dancing and drumming). Her complete school visit packet guide is available on her website.
Year(s) of participation: 2015, 2016, 2017
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2017 at MARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Bloomington, IN
MIRANDA GIVES KIDS A CHOICE AT MARLIN
Today the kids at Marlin Elementary made me proud. Real proud. They researched five conservation organizations and chose a local one to be the recipient of $450 in donations: WildCare Inc. They also surprised me, raising hundreds of books for Books For Africa, a project that stemmed from one student's ideas and effort.
A first grader got up in front of the whole school and did Emily Arrow's Water is Water dance. Another student jump roped with me in front of the whole gym, using recycled plastic bag jump ropes they hand made.
And now they're all going home with reusable bags armed with action items such as "skip the straw" because they know too much to ignore certain problems now. Thanks for making my 2017 Authors for Earth Day visit so inspirational and fun!
2016 at LUXEMBERG-CASCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Luxemberg-Casco, WI
MIRANDA CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS AT LUXEMBERG-CASIO
What an energetic day! Hundreds of pre-K through second graders made recycled artwork, signs, and posters that greeted me as I walked into Luxemburg-Casco school. We spent the day sharing stories, playing trivia and guessing-game riddles, and dancing and acting out some natural cycles of the Earth.
Near the end of the day, the results of the votes came in. I got to announce (on the school loudspeaker) that the Friends of the Beach Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was chosen to receive $500.00! This is a local organization and nature center that provides rehabilitation to injured wild animals and nature/conservation education for the greater Green Bay, WI community.
I got to present the check to Mike Reed, the Director of the Wildlife Sanctuary himself! Then, he proceeded to let me know that the money will be combined with funds for a large project—building an expansion to The Oak Learning & Conservation center. My son was in the first-ever pilot outdoor education class for his 4-K experience. The class now has a long waiting list, and these funds will be a small part of expanding the program. Many of the students who voted for this will see a direct benefit. I couldn't be more thrilled.
2015 at HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Hobart, WI
MIRANDA GIVES BACK AT HILLCREST
April 1st was a blast! The students had produced Powerpoint videos to campaign before my visit, and their research inspired students to vote for the Plastic Pollution Coalition (part of the Earth Island Institute). My donation was $500 but the kids actually raised another $351.52 on their own, making the total an amazing $851.52.
During my visit, we rocked the 4th "R" chant, adding "Refuse" to the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra, which the Coalition really champions. The local student newspaper dropped in to cover the event and everyone took pictures and video to capture our donation, which was on a big neon green poster board check!
Perhaps what's even more exciting is that their enthusiasm for helping the Earth didn't end when I left. The students are doing a Recycling Idea Contest as part of their upcoming science fair and they're making jump-ropes from discarded plastic bags in their classrooms. I'm so proud of the students at Hillcrest Elementary School for "being the change" locally and globally!