Authors visit for Earth Day

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Children’s author April Pulley Sayre explains her writing process to students at Mohawk Trails Elementary. (Photo by Current)

Children’s author April Pulley Sayre explains her writing process to students at Mohawk Trails Elementary. (Photo by Current)

April Pulley Sayre, who has written more than 50 books for children, visited Mohawk Trails Elementary School on April 23, and in honor of Earth Day, she donated $600 to the Rain Forest Conservation Fund, one of five nonprofit conservation organizations that fifth-grade students researched and presented to their classmates to select, by vote, which they wanted Sayre to support.

“It was so generous of her to make a $600 donation on behalf of our students and to give our fifth-graders the opportunity to do an authentic research project with real-world impact,” said Hella Rumschlag, library media specialist and technology coordinator at MTE.

Starting in January, fifth-grade students explored the websites for these five organizations and selected their favorites. They did research projects to learn more about the organizations and then wrote persuasive presentations. Several fifth-graders even appeared on the school’s live broadcast to persuade other students to vote for their organizations.

The other organizations in the running were: American Bird Conservancy, Elephant Listening Project, Nature Conservancy and the Pollinator Partnership.

Sayre visited several Carmel Clay Schools, but only made one “Authors for Earth Day” donation – on behalf of MTE.


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