I have no idea where to start, I am not usually the sort of person who does fundraisers. It's not that I'm unwilling to do the work, as any teacher I've ever assisted can attest, I cheerfully put my all into whatever assignment I am given. No my problem is I don't like feeling I am imposing myself on others. This is why pretty much all of my charity work in the past has been in a more passive way, such as assisting adult learners or helping at a cat shelter. Last summer I volunteered three weeks of my vacation to care for my mom while she recovered from knee surgery. Also I pride myself on making a small footprint (silly to do otherwise with size 5 1/2 shoes) by being car-less, favoring cruelty and proservative free products, and taking reuse, reduce and recycle to heart. Seriously, around 85% of everything I own is used, refurbished or recycled in someway.
The last six year my subsitute instruction assistant work has been keeping pretty distracted. I have mostly worked in Afterschool Programs with kids from the 1st though 8th grades. A different setting than normal school, IAs are mostly on their own with 20 kids and there is no telling what can happen at any given time, lots fun but also kind of like organized chaos. And last year I worked long term at the junior high (6th-8th) thankfully, I got along well with my students considering 2/3s of them were larger than me. This year however, I earned myself a permanent position with a 1st/2nd (with 3 4th grade helpers) combo class.
Which brings me to how I actually got involved with The Random Act- Hope2 Haiti project. In Feburary during Random Acts of Kindness week (12th-18th) I introducted the concept to my children. At the time they mostly discussed ways they could help people they knew, and I posted up the best statements in the classroom. In March I was trying to catch-up on the timeline the series Supernatural though Netflix when I saw an episode, "The French Mistake," having had Twitter for a couple years I decided to look Misha Collins up. I found Jared (Sam Winchester) first and then him though @jarpad. After following @mishacollins for a bit, I became interested in his charity. I realized this was a great way to expand on the idea of kindess to others for my class. I mainly focused on the artwork contest because with our limited resources this seemed like something we could do. Then watched bit of the video of the orphans in Haiti and realized I could motivate my class by offering to use their posters to raise money for children (like themselves) who needed what my class has, a safe place to go to school. Also I did promise them if I earned enough money to solidify my commitment, I would go over there in June...However it has since come to my attention that cost of travel and lodging is beyond what I can personally afford...therefore while I still hope to make the goal I cannot offer anything beyond a voice.
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