Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night has been popular in schools from Bensalem and Morrisville to Pittsburgh, PA where Betty Tatham did it for four schools. After Betty reads her book Baby Sea Otter and gives a Power Point presentation about Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Conservation and Rescue Program, she shows families how to make an ocean animal collage as Joan Paley did with layered paper for her stunning illustrations.
From a special grant/sponsor, each family receives a free, autographed copy of Baby Sea Otter to take home and they can use it to learn collage building.The jointly created art work is then framed by the families and the children have their picture taken with it. Photos are posted on a volunteer’s website for families to download.
The Principal usually welcomes parents and a few teachers volunteer to assist in passing out refreshments and then admire the pictures students, their siblings and parents created to take home as a keepsake. Registration, on a first come basis, is usually limited to 30 families.
Lunch in the Library
In addition to regular presentations, some schools have asked Betty Tatham to have lunch with 12 to 15 students, selected by teachers. They each come with a question and will take back to their class what they learned. Questions about on-site research and Betty’s writing habits are usually popular.