Children’s author and Rossland resident Yolanda Ridge will be “supporting conservation through literacy” on Wednesday, April 17 (8:50-9:50 a.m.) at the Rossland Public Library as a participant in the annual Authors for Earth Day eco-event.
Each year award-winning authors and illustrators schedule special school visits in honour of Earth Day. Together these participants have already touched the lives of thousands of students and contributed almost $16,000 to conservation.
Ridge will speak to the Grade 3 students from MacLean Elementary School and share her books, Trouble in the Trees and Road Block. As part of the author visit, students will research a list of four not-for-profit conservation organizations and vote for their favourite.
Ridge will then write the winning organization a check, donating her speaking fee to the cause of the students’ choice. The donation will be given in honour of the Rossland Public Library.
“These special April author visits are designed to empower kids to find their ‘voice’, and to use that voice to help care for our blue planet,” said Brooke Bessesen, who founded Authors for Earth Day in 2010.
Authors for Earth Day is an international coalition of children’s authors and illustrators who care about kids and nature—and the future of both. The coalition promotes environmental awareness to help young readers shape the world around them.