On April 23, 2013, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre visited MTE and spoke to students in all grade levels. She has written 60 books about a wide range of nonfiction topics and students were fascinated by her stories of traveling around the world to learn about all kinds of animals and habitats. She encouraged students to write about whatever interests them, to create lists of “delicious” words, to add specific details to their writing, to revise, revise, revise, and to keep trying.
As a participant in “Authors for Earth Day”, Mrs. Sayre gave MTE students the opportunity to vote for a nonprofit conservation organization to receive a $600 donation. Starting in January, MTE fifth graders selected one of five organizations to research. A complete list of the organizations may be found here. They wrote persuasive essays based on their research and some students took the opportunity to present their work on our morning broadcast. After watching the presentations on the broadcast, all students in grades K-5 voted for their favorite organization. And the winner was… The Rain Forest Conservation Fund! Thanks to Mrs. Sayre for her generous gift and for making it possible for our students to engage in a project that will truly make a difference. And thank you to the MTE PTO for making it all possible by sponsoring her visit!