video: The Seventh Level
Saint Louis, MO USA
SCHOOL VISITS: 3 - 8
I have a blast visiting schools! Students energize me and remind me why I started writing in the first place. Assembly-style sessions, spirited and interactive as possible, focus on my journey (from fear of writing to becoming an author) then move to the writing process (characters, ideas and inspiration, revision) and my favorite, Q&A. Smaller group workshops, filled with creativity and encouragement, delve deeper into your choice of character development, idea and detail generation, world-building and setting ... and others.
Year(s) of participation: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2017 at BUCHANAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Branson, MO USA
JODY GIVES KIDS A CHOICE AT BUCHANAN
I get so excited, every year, for my Authors for Earth Day visit, not just because of the amazing students and faculty at Buchanan Intermediate, but how hard they embrace our efforts. Here is a photo of me presenting the check featuring this year's top vote-getter, Nature and Culture International.
2016 at BUCHANAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Branson, MO USA
JODY CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS AT BUCHANAN
I'm lucky. It so happened, when I first got involved with Authors for Earth Day, I approached just the right person. My contact at one of the intermediate schools in Branson, Missouri, is a big supporter of environmental issues. And I can count on her each year to become my partner in A4ED. (I'm also lucky that I get invited back yearly for their 6th Grade Literature Conference.) Now that we've established a rhythm, Kelly graciously and efficiently takes my preliminary preparations and runs with them. Her bulletin boards are always great. A4ED would still be so very easy and worthwhile without her, but Kelly makes it fun for us and for the students who, this year, chose the World Wildlife Fund. Thanks A4ED! Participating always feels so good!
2015 at BUCHANAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Branson, MO USA
2014 at BUCHANAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Branson, MO USA
JODY EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT BUCHANAN
By all reports, the 6th graders at Buchanan Intermediate got totally into researching the five "candidates" for their A4ED donation. The vote tallies would sway one way, then the other, but in the end by a close margin, the donation in their name now heads to Conservation International. It was a hard but good decision. Here's the board they put together talking about what they, personally, can do or actually do to help our planet.