Los Angeles, CA USA
SCHOOL VISITS: 3 - 6
My school programs discuss where the ideas for my series come from, with special focus on the biological and space science behind the FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha series.
Year(s) of participation: 2017, 2019
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS SCHOOL in Dallas, TX
STUART MENTORS KIDS AT ST. THOMAS
The students at St Thomas Aquinas School in Dallas participated in Authors for Earth Day with author Stuart Gibbs. Gibbs visited the school to discuss Lion Down, the newest book in his New York Times bestselling FunJungle series, which concerns a mountain lion that has been framed for the murder of a local dog and touches on the themes of human/wildlife conflict and habitat loss. The students of St Thomas were already well-versed in ecological issues; every year, fourth grade classes there adopt an American bison. Gibbs gave the students a choice between three of his favorite charities: the World Wildlife Fund (whose animal crimes division often advises Gibbs), the International Rhino Foundation and 96 Elephants, a division of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Under the guidance of their teachers and Madeline Schnurr, the school librarian, the students researched these organizations and decided on a winner for the school and Gibbs to donate $2,500 to: 96 Elephants.
Watch the video to see the amazing reveal that two of the students came up with!
AMERICAN MARTYRS SCHOOL in Manhattan Beach, CA and HIGHLAND PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL in Dallas, TX USA
STUART GIVES KIDS CHOICE AT AMERICAN MARTYRS
The event was great. I visited in person and talked to a large crowd of fourth and fifth graders. The kids were very enthusiastic about voting for a charity to donate to and there was a big cheer when I got to announce the winner… World Wildlife Fund.
I was very excited about this as well, as I worked closely with the WWF on my newest book, Panda-monium.
On March 6, I spoke to the sixth and seventh grades at McCullough Intermediary School in Dallas on behalf of Authors For Earth Day. The students and faculty were all eager participants in selecting a charity, voting in the days before I arrived. The winner—the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee [https://www.elephants.com/]—was announced with great fanfare before each talk, with a librarian holding a stuffed elephant high over her head 'Lion King' style. Thanks to all the students, faculty, and head librarian Jill Bellomy for making this such a great event!