Category Archives: School Visits

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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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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Ridley whirlwind in Washington County!

IRW’s spring community program, Alewives: Small Fish, Big Impact, has officially kicked off in Washington County, starting with visits by Kimberly Ridley, author of The Secret Bay, at four elementary schools. Over two weeks, IRW and Kimberly rode a whirlwind to schools across the county: Jonesport, Pembroke, Sipayik (Pleasant Point), and Edmunds. We also visited […]

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Kelly Cunnane visits Swan’s Island Elementary and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary Schools in May

Kelly Cunnane’s energy was impossible to ignore as she bounded from student to student and exuded the excitement of Kenya. Through sounds and words and artifacts, she effortlessly and enthusiastically shared another beloved culture with enraptured students and teachers. Kelly brought bags full of Kenyan clothing and implements for kids to use so that they […]

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Sharon Creech a big hit at Jonesport and Beals Elementary School!

“I was reminded of how big the world is and how you can do anything if you put your mind to it,” wrote a seventh grader from Jonesport Elementary School after a visit from author Sharon Creech. What a way to express what IRW hopes to inspire in all children through literature and what fun Sharon […]

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The Secret Pool at Pembroke Elementary School

Jan and Jenna were on the road again last week – visiting Pembroke Elementary School on March 23 with Maine author Kimberly Ridley and artist Rebekah Raye, the dynamic duo that collaborated on good reads such as “The Secret Pool” and the forthcoming “The Secret Bay.” We were excited that second through sixth graders from Charlotte […]

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Lubec Consolidated School students learn about vernal pools with Kim and Rebekah

Power nouns and verbs were abundant in the stories created by the students of Lubec Consolidated School on Tuesday. Guided by writing prompts from science writer and author Kim Ridley, the children selected a vernal pool creature to write about drawing on their imaginations and research. We met a salamander named Bob, a wood frog […]

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Diving in with Mary Cerullo: Writer visits Vinalhaven and North Haven schools

“Dive In!” is what Mary Cerullo, author and Associate Director of Friends of CASCO BAY, writes when she signs her books during IRW visits to schools. Recently she braved choppy waters and winter ice to make the crossing between Vinalhaven and North Haven. She was impressed with the student knowledge about all things underwater during […]

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