Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Author visit, Mon Jan. 19: Frederick Lipp

We are very pleased to be welcoming Frederick Lipp on Monday, January 19, 2009, to our school.

Fred is the award-winning author of several picture books, including The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh and Running Shoes, both of which feature young girls in Cambodia striving for an education. (More information about his books can be found on his website.)

He is also the founder and president of the Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities for under-privileged children in Cambodia.

A retired Unitarian minister, Fred lives in Maine in the United States.

Below is his schedule for the day as well as the related Global Concerns and units of inquiry of each grade level that tie in with his visit.

NB: All presentations will be in the library/ICT room.

8:45 -- 9:45 AM
Group presentation to all Grade 2 and Grade 3 students

  • Grade 2's Global Concern is the Tabitha Foundation - Cambodia

  • Grade 3's Global Concern is PAL (Promoting Asian Literacy), which strives to provide basic education to those underprivileged children who do not have access to educational resources.
10:15 -- 11:15 AM
Group presentation to all of Grade 4
  • Grade 4's Global Concern is Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN), which acts as a voice for children forced to work as carpet weavers and campaigns against the exploitation of children providing temporary shelters and rehabilitation to children rescued straight of the street, often in bonded labour.
12:50 -- 1:20 PM Group presentation to one half of Grade 1
1:20 -- 1:50 PM Group presentation to other half of Grade 1
  • Grade 1 will be in the middle of a unit on "Work and Leisure", so the work of an author will be of interest to the children as well as thinking about the work and leisure aspects of children's lives in Cambodia.

  • Grade 1's Global Concern is Pinoy in the Philippines, which seeks to provide underprivileged children in the Philippines with quality education so they can break free of the poverty cycle.
We have Running Shoes and The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh in the library already, and the two other books (shown below) are on order from Kinokuniya.