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Meet Dan Gutman
Haddonfield, NJ USA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 6 (strength 3-5)
During a school visit, I usually do two assemblies. One is for grades 1-2, where I focus on "My Weird School". The other one is for grade 3 and up, where I talk about my baseball card adventure series. I also do a slide show for everybody ("A Day In the Life of an Author"), have lunch with a small group of kids, and sign lots of books. And sometimes, if there's time, I do a small group writing workshop in which the kids and I write a book together in thirty minutes. Fun!
Year(s) of participation: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2018 at PS 452, New York City, New York USA
DAN FUELS CONSERVATION AT PS 452
For the fourth year in a row, the kids voted Greenpeace to be the winner at my Authors for Earth Day visit this year. The kids at P.S. 452 in New York City were terrific. They researched the five environmental orgs I gave them, made cool posters, and erupted in cheers when I announced the winner. It was a great day. We got money to a place where it will do good, and we got a lot of kids thinking about protecting our planet. That's what it's all about.
2017 at Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, New Jersey, USA
DAN GIVES KIDS A CHOICE AT DWIGHT-ENGLEWOOD
I spent today at Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood NJ. Great school! Great kids! And Sheila Sienicki is my LIBRARIAN OF THE WEEK. The students researched five environmental organizations, and the top vote-getter was Greenpeace. So they get my check, and 200 kids will hopefully grow up caring more about the world they live in. Our planet is like our local bookstore. If we don't support it, we won't have it anymore.
2016 at Littlebrook School, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
DAN CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS AT LITTLEBROOK
This year my Authors for Earth Day visit was Littlebrook School in Princeton NJ. Great school! I had been there ten years earlier.
Librarian Theresa Cross (wearing the green shirt, of course) did a wonderful job getting the kids excited. For the third year in a row, the students voted to donate my fee to Greenpeace. But it was a close vote, and they took their responsibility seriously. The Sierra Club came in second. I had a fantastic lunch group too, and the PTA made us a yummy Earth Day cake!
2015 at Travell School, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
DAN GIVES BACK AT TRAVELL
This year, the kids voted to donate my fee to Greenpeace (which is the same organization that won the loot last year).
I have a new picture book coming out called "Rappy the Raptor" (It's about a raptor who raps and his name is Rappy, of course). At lunch at Travell, I had the kids create Rappy rhymes (with my help) and then they rapped them. The best rapper of all turned out to be the school librarian Donna Antonellis. She did a great job rapping with the lunch bunch.
2014 at Milton Avenue School, Chatham, New Jersey, USA
DAN EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT MILTON
My Authors for Earth Day visit was the best one yet! I visited Milton Avenue School in Chatham, New Jersey.
Everybody was fantastic, especially Jill Mills, the librarian. She asked me to come in early so I could reveal the winner over the morning announcements. When I said that Greenpeace was going to get a big fat check, there was cheering all over the school!
Just a fantastic day, and it felt so good to be part of such a positive cause. Maybe from now on I'll donate the money from ALL my school visits.
2013 at HALEDON PUBLIC SCHOOL, Haledon, New Jersey, USA
DAN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT HALEDON SCHOOL
My A4ED school visit at Haledon School went well. I took a couple photos, including one with librarian Cathy Eng (and I wore my Authors for Earth Day T-shirt). Natural Resources Defense Council won in a landslide and when I announced the winner, the kids cheered. I was told that they were very impressed that I could have taken the $2,000 and "gone on vacation" with it but chose to give it to a good cause instead.
2012 JENKINTOWN SCHOOL, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, USA
DAN SPEAKS FOR NATURE AT JENKINTOWN
I had a lovely day at Jenkintown School on Friday. The kids actually raised an additional $274 over and above my fee to donate to The Humane Society of the United States.
Dan with the librarian Doris Heise
2011 at RICHBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Richboro, PA
DAN GUTMAN INSPIRES KIDS AT RICHBORO
You can also read an article about Dan's A4ED event. And don't miss Dan's special Earth Day blog series.
That's me with the librarian Jill Dorfman. The kids voted for Greenpeace, and I will donate my fee to them. All in all, it was a great day. The kids were into it. They did a lot of research into all the environmental organizations I had suggested, and Mrs. Dorfman and the teachers did a great job in helping the kids to understand the importance and urgency of protecting the environment.