author and playwright
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 12
I tailor presentations and writing workshops to the ages and needs of my audiences and the time we have together. With younger children, I use TOO MANY FROGS to illustrate story structure – character, problem, solution – and lead them in creating a group story. With older students, I share my writing process from idea to publication and guide them in brainstorming ideas, writing poems and personal narratives, and/or refining writing techniques. Time permitting, we may begin dramatizing their original pieces.
Year(s) of participation: 2015
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2017 at MORELAND HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Cleveland, OH USA
2015 at LANCASTER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL in Lancaster, PA USA
SANDY GIVES BACK AT LANCASTER
My April 24 visit brought delights both expected and unexpected. I already knew that the lower school children (K-5) had selected the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania to receive our donation, as librarian Cindi Knauer had chosen to hold the vote over several days in order to reach more of the children during their scheduled library times. Being a long-time wolf enthusiast and aware that our nearby sanctuary exists only through donations, I was pleased. And I had no doubts that I'd enjoy meeting the children, thanking them in person, sharing my books with them, and leading them in writing exercises. All givens before I arrived, and all went as I'd hoped. What surprised me was Cindi's gratitude for the opportunity to introduce the children to my five nominated organizations and for the rich, animated discussions that apparently followed. Terms such as "charity" and "no-kill shelter" were new to some of the children. Others who had visited the Wolf Sanctuary and one who had been to the Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica offered their first-hand accounts.
Though I had not been part of those discussions, I got an inkling of what they were like when I thanked each grade for their votes. Eyes lit up, smiles spread ear-to-ear, fists pumped the air, and sighs of "Yes!" snaked through the room. They were totally invested in the process and the outcome.
I love a win-win situation. I can't even count all the winners in this one—human and wolf! Thank you, Authors for Earth Day.