Help Project Little Spark Go Global
Organized by: Jeanine Jesberg
EVENT DATE Feb 06, 2017
As friends may know, I began Project Little Spark in 2015 based on the belief that a simple act of kindness lights a desire to continue to help others (please see end of this post for details about the project's efforts to date and how you may win some Mama J homemade fudge!).
After recent media attention (http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2541732), I received a myriad of requests from speech-language pathologists and teachers of children with special needs from varying locations about becoming Project Little Spark classrooms. Up to this point, I have been the sole leader of Project Little Spark activities in participating classrooms and only able to accommodate those in my immediate geographical area. I'd like to offer participation in Project Little Spark activities and encourage expansion of our work to all interested parties; however, I am currently constrained by having no other trained Project Little Spark activity leaders or resources to provide when requested. Consequently, funds are needed (1) to create a curriculum so Project Little Spark activities may be replicated in a conscientious manner and (2) to provide virtual training for volunteers, therapists, and teachers to implement the curriculum thus creating a widespread group of classroom-based Project Little Spark leaders.
Funds will specifically help offset the costs:
- to develop a 12-week kindness curriculum designed specifically for children with special needs with insight into the incorporation of Project Little Spark activities as group culminating endeavors (the curriculum will be modified for children with special needs yet based on established curricula about mindfulness and the cultivation of kindness including age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate stories and practices developed for cultivating kindness)
- to develop a sign language version of all curriculum materials
- to develop training webinars for volunteers, therapists, and teachers who are interested in having their students participate with Project Little Spark activities (the notion is those trainees will become Project Little Spark classroom-based leaders and learn how to consistently and effectively implement the curriculum)
Thank you for consideration of supporting this ambitious endeavor. Any level of support is greatly appreciated! The project directly promotes kindness, generosity, and compassion in all children, including those with special needs, by providing opportunities to collect, organize, and donate educational and therapeutic materials to their global peers in the Caribbean. Donated items as well as letters of encouragement from the children with special needs are provided to recipients. To date, more than 1030 school supply items and 450 new books have been collected and organized by children with special needs in Chicago, IL and St. Croix, USVI. Those materials along with hand-written notes or pictures have been shipped to their peers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Please help us expand our efforts in the future. As a small gesture of thanks, for each $ you donate, you will receive one entry in our November fudge giveaway. Just think, a $10 donation gives you 10 chances to win 5 pounds of delicious Mama J fudge!!