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Envirokids Literacy Festival - Day 2 Agenda

Children's Celebration

Friday, October 8, 2021
9:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. EST

Theme: Earth Action: Healing Our Home

9:30 – 9:55 a.m.
Green Literacy Book Commercials

Early, Elementary, & Dual Certificate Teacher Education Students, Salisbury Univeristy

9:55 – 10:00 a.m.
"Swimming to the Other Side" Song Recording

Diana Wagner

Dr. Diana Wagner
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership & Outdoor Recreation, Salisbury University

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome to the Envirokids Literacy Festival: Children's Celebration

Shanetia Clark

Dr. Shanetia Clark
Department Chair & Associate Professor of Early & Elementary Education, Salisbury University

Amy Marasco

Ms. Amy Marasco
President & Founder, The Nature Generation

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Green Book Literacy Book Commercials

Early, Elementary, & Dual Certificate Teacher Education Students, Salisbury University

Cathrene Connery

Dr. Cathrene Connery
Associate Professor of Literacy & Children’s Literature & Chair, Envirokids Literacy Festival, Salisbury University

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: General Session (Grades K-12)
Earth's Heroes Look Just Like You!

Hey, kids! Take action to heal the earth! It is up to all of us to create a better tomorrow!

Olivia Walton

Ms. Olivia Walton
Keynote Speaker & Professional Environmentalist

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: General Session (Grades 3-12)
Bienvenidos: ¡Sí, Se Puede! / Welcome: Yes, You Can!

Francisco C. Rodriguez

Dr. Francisco C. Rodriguez
Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) & Committee Member, Board on Science Education, National Academy of the Sciences

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.
Rocket Read Aloud: Clean Up, & Create (Grades PreK-3)

Find out why Rocket wants you to clean up and how to create crafts with recycled items.

Laura Arnheim

Ms. Laura Arnheim
Early Childhood Education Teacher Candidate, United Nations Millennium Fellow, & Vice President of Educators for Social Justice, Salisbury University

11:10 – 11:35 a.m.
One Plastic Bag (Grades 2-5)

Listen to a true story about a real-life hero who solves a problem in her community by recycling plastic bags and making them into purses. Then, learn how to make a bracelet using the same materials! Be sure to bring a supply of plastic grocery bags and scissors to follow along with the presentation.

Denise Gregorius

Ms. Denise Gregorius
Fifth Grade Teacher, Anne Arundel Micro-community Schools

11:35 – 11:40 a.m.
Meet the Author: A Recipe from You Can Change the World (Grades 2-12)

Empowers kids of all ages to make changes in their lives and communities with the powerful message that they can make a difference in the world.

Lucy Bell

Ms. Lucy Bell
2021 GEBA Children & Young Adult Non-fiction Medal Winner

11:40 – 11:45 a.m.
Earth Avengers: Doing Our Part to Protect the Planet (Grades 2-5)

Hallie Hyers

Ms. Hallie Hyers
Elementary Education Teacher Candidate, United Nations Millennium Fellow, & President of Educators for Social Justice, Salisbury University

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.
Meet the Author: Combating Climate Change with Abhi

Abhimanyu Sukhdial

Mr. Abhimanyu Sukhdial
Student Author, Three Days to EOC

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Green Book Literacy Book Commercials

Early, Elementary, & Dual Certificate Teacher Education Students, Salisbury University

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
H2whOa! (Grades 2-5)

Water is amazing! Discover how this precious resource covers 70% of the Earth’s surface as a solid, liquid, and a gas. Learn a hands-on activity to set up at home and watch the water cycle in action.

Grace Andrews

Ms. Grace Andrews 
Urban Advantage Professional Development Supervisor, New York Hall of Science

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Meet the Author: Hello from Renn Lake (Grades 4-6)

A girl discovers she can communicate with her favorite lake. When an algae bloom threatens to harm the lake, she and her friends must find a way to save it in this story of activism, community, & environment!

Michele Weber Hurwitz

Ms. Michele Weber Hurwitz
Author & 2021 Green Earth Book Award Winner for Cadmus Children’s Fiction

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
The Story Behind the Story: Moonlight Crab Count (Grades PreK-2)

Join a mother-daughter team to discover the story behind the story of the Moonlight Crab Count from an idea to a text!

Jennifer and Max Curtis

Jennifer Keats Curtis & Max Curtis
Children’s Author & Dual Certificate Teacher Candidate, Salisbury University

1:00 – 1:20 p.m.
Meet the Author: Music for Tigers (Grades 2-5)

Take a journey to the remote Australian rainforest to learn more about the mysterious animal in the GEBA honor book, Music for Tigers. The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine was declared officially extinct many decades ago, but sightings continue. Could it still exist? How can we avoid the disappearance of this unique marsupial happening to other animals?

Michelle Kadarusman

Ms. Michelle Kadarusman
Author & 2021 Green Earth Book Awards Honoree

1:20 – 1:40 p.m.
Project Katzi Txumu'n: Totonaco & Maya Stories for Children (Grades 2-5)

Listen to a bilingual narration of Central American indigenous stories created for children of Totonaco and Maya Awakateko to take pride in their cultures. Be inspired to cultivate a reciprocal relationship with the Earth!

Kimberly Arriaga-Gonzalez

Ms. Kimberly Arriaga-Gonzalez
Community Programs Specialist, City of Salisbury

Esteban Garcia

Mr. Esteban Garcia
Elementary Education Teacher Candidate, Salisbury University

Cristina Cammarano

Dr. Cristina Cammarano
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Salisbury University

1:40 – 1:45 p.m.
Envirokids Literacy Festival Agenda: Activities for Saturday

Stephen Ford

Mr. Stephen Ford
Education Librarian & Coordinator, Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center (EBCRC), Salisbury University

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Green Book Literacy Book Commercials

Early, Elementary, & Dual Certificate Teacher Education Students, Salisbury University

Cathrene Connery

Dr. Cathrene Connery
Associate Professor of Literacy & Children’s Literature & Chair, Envirokids Literacy Festival, Salisbury University

"Swimming to the Other Side" Song Recording

Diana Wagner

Dr. Diana Wagner
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership & Outdoor Recreation, Salisbury University