Help print the River of Words Anthology

This campaign ends on April 3 at 02:59AM EDT

River of Words® (ROW) is an environmental literacy program and key part of SMC’s Kalmanovitz School of Education, striving to meet the goals of education reform, environmental justice, and art activism. For twenty years, this program has been engaging students at the intersection of art, science, culture, and sustainability.  We create curriculum materials for educators that explore this fundamental truth: we are all integral, contributing members of our ecosystem, but our contributions to and experiences of our ecosystem are unequal.

Every year, River of Words empowers student voices by hosting an international Youth Art and Poetry program on the theme of watersheds and publishes the anthology, River of Words: the Natural World as Viewed by Young People. All at no-cost to students and educators. 

Our young people have a lot to say on how climate change is affecting their home, their communities. Help us publish ROW’s twenty-fifth anniversary anthology and to spread the message of a sustainable future around the world.

Help us share the ROW Anthology, a work that celebrates students from over 20 US states and 15 countries, with young people around the world. Gifts of any amount help. For $50 or more, we will mail you a copy of the anthology: 

  • $50 to purchase 1 copy of the 2020 ROW Anthology and have mailed to you!
  • $100 (One for You and One for Me) to purchase 1 copy of the 2020 ROW Anthology for yourself AND send 1 copy to a ROW finalist or winner
  • $1,000 to cover the cost of mailing copies of the ROW anthology to all 200              2019-2020 young artists and poets who contributed
  • $5,000 to publish of the River of Words’s 25-year anniversary the 2019-2020 Anthology: the Natural World as Viewed by Young People

If every parent, educator, and facilitator who participated in River of Words donated just $5, we’d meet our goal today. For those that cannot donate, we ask you to share our appeal on social media!

Every contribution counts.

P.S. Save the date! We'll be hosting our annual celebration of the 2020 River of Words Festival on Saturday, April 25th at the beautiful Lafayette Library in Lafayette, California. We hope you will join us!

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