Help us celebrate! Our outstanding 2013 Authors for Earth Day participants: April Pulley Sayre, Conrad Storad, Patricia Newman, Yolanda Ridge, Alison Ashley Formento, Mike Graf, Barb Rosenstock, MichelleWorthington, Leslie Helakoski, Dan Gutman, Andrea Alban, Linda Crotta Brennan, Barbara Gowan, Edie Hemingway, Marianne Berkes, Edith Hope Fine, Darcy Pattison and Roxie Munro scheduled school visits across the U.S., as well as in Canada and Australia.
And are you ready for our exciting results? Drum roll please…
· MENTORED STUDENTS: This year alone over 10, 600 kids voted—and in total we have empowered tens-of-thousands of young readers! The librarian at April’s event was quoted in an article saying how generous it was to donate on behalf of the students and give them “an opportunity to do an authentic research project with real-world impact.”
· FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Our 2013 team donated over $9,100 and brought our total contributions to nearly $25,000! Wow! It’s quite remarkable to think that our eco-minded children’s authors & illustrators have given so much green to our blue marble in just four short years.
· DONATION RECIPIENTS: We have now supported over 30 conservation organizations! This year the recipients were: Ocean Conservancy, NRDC, Rainforest Conservation Fund, Blue Ocean Institute, Save America's Forests, World Wildlife Fund, Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund, Desert Big Horn Sheep Society, Rutgers Marine Institute, Pine Jog Environmental Center, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Wildsight, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Panthera, Audubon Society of Rhode Island. There are still a couple organizations to be added but you can see the broad scope of conservation initiatives that our program is funding.
· BLOG: Let me also take a moment to acknowledge the valuable outreach provided by our most recent A4ED guest-bloggers—Tony Abbott, Lurlene McDaniel and (coming up) Leslie Helakoski.
The A4ED website has been updated and we encourage you to share the link with any librarians or teachers who may be interested in hosting an A4ED event next April.
An ENORMOUS thanks to all who shared their expertise and enthusiasm! Let’s do it again in 2014!