Author Archives: Jenna Beaulieu

Ellen Potter, Deer Isle – Stonington, and the Creative Writing Club

From the welcome sign at the entrance to the final Creative Writing Club meeting after school, Deer Isle – Stonington Elementary School was gracious, excited, and engaging with author Ellen Potter. Ellen brought her Author Tool Box to an all-school presentation complete with “Ellen’s Brain” – a bag of ideas and symbols of surprise and […]

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Mary Cerullo and “City Fish, Country Fish” at Beals, Jonesport, and Pemetic

IRW kicked off our spring program tour at Beals Elementary with science writer and curiosity facilitator, Mary Cerullo. As we arrived to set up, the students were busy bringing their wonderful projects into the gym for display. Their excitement and joy for sharing was palpable. The whole school got involved in a local beach cleanup […]

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The Final Stops of the Some Writer! Tour: Deer Isle – Stonington and Tremont

In November, Melissa Sweet wrapped up her Some Writer! Tour with stops on Deer Isle – Stonington and Tremont. A week before Melissa visited these Deer Isle and Stonington, the Stonington Library held a discussion of E.B. White’s book, Trumpet of the Swan. They also hosted Melissa for an author presentation, book sale, and signing the […]

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Music man Stephen Costanza Downeast at Beals and Jonesport

IRW was thrilled to team up again with author/illustrator/musician Stephen Costanza! In November, we brought him to Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools, where he offered a full-school presentation and workshops with students in Grades PreK – 2. Students in all grades at both schools fully immersed themselves in Stephen’s book, Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, […]

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Princeton and Beatrice Rafferty welcome new-to-IRW author and illustrator Russ Cox

IRW was thrilled to welcome Russ Cox to our roster of authors and illustrators, and he had incredible first visits to Princeton Elementary School and Beatrice Rafferty School at Sipayik on November 9 and 10. Upon arrival at Princeton Elementary, Principal Charity Williams and IRW’s site coordinator Jodi Deacon welcomed us and led us to […]

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Some Writer Tour stops on Swan’s Island and Great Cranberry Island

The third stop of the Some Writer! Tour with Melissa Sweet involved a ferry trip over from Bass Harbor to Swan’s Island. Melissa’s presentation at the Swan’s library brought together half a dozen community members and the students from the elementary school. Student projects adorned the library’s walls, such as spider webs and paper mache spiders. […]

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Kimberly Ridley teaches nature journaling to students from the outer islands

“As you hold the Talking Shell, share what your favorite wild animal in Maine is with the rest of the group.” That’s how Kimberly Ridley opened up her sessions with the students from the outer islands when they all met for their TLC gathering in late October (Teaching and Learning Conference). Kids, teachers, and parent chaperones […]

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