Wednesday, February 20, 2008

If You're Looking for a Way to Help...

New updates will be coming soon. A lot has happened...the best week ever, one of the worst weeks in a long time, my big evaluation that determined whether I was certified and still had a job, my latest observation by my ACP supervisor...whew!

But tonight I am tired and I have been lesson planning like it's my job (oh wait, it is!). So, I just thought I'd post this small little tidbit.

Many of you have helped me in so many ways, sending books, prayers, support and unconditional love. And I cannot describe how much I appreciate it. Thank you for everything. A few people have asked how they can help and I just thought I'd put this out there.

There's this awesome website called Donor's Choose. It allows teachers to post things that they want or need for their classrooms or for specific projects that they hope to undertake with their students. Believe it or not, teaching is an expensive job. I spend a ridiculous amount of money on my kids and trying to keep organized in my classroom. Not to mention puppets, my newest obsession. They could care less if I'm talking...but put a stupid piece of cloth on my hand and they're right with me. Yelling, "That's you talking!" Doesn't matter, my little friends, you're paying attention... But I digress...

So anyway, I posted a request for an MP3 player on Donor's Choose. My kids learn so much from music (and it keeps us all sane). But here are the two real things that I need. #1 (ALWAYS #1): Prayer. Prayer that I will keep my patience, that my project will be funded, that my students will be safe and they will learn and that I will find ways to reach them. #2: If you could pass this link along to someone that you know that might be interested in funding a project, even if it's not mine. Some teachers have some pretty awesome things going on in their classrooms and could really use some help. I know that there are people who are always looking for something to donate to, so if you happen to know one of those people, if you could let them know about the website, it would be incredible. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to let you know about this... Hope you don't mind that this isn't such an interesting post. Also, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this, to care for me and to care enough to take the time to check up on how things are going. Love you all!

If you want to read the "official" letter, I'm supposed to send out, here it is:
Spread the word: Tell everyone how simple it is to make a real
difference in your classroom!

Dear friends,

I want my students to have as many great learning opportunities as
possible, but sometimes I just can't get the funding I need. To address
this issue, I turned to

Here's the scoop. At this nonprofit website, public school teachers
(like me!) submit proposals for materials or experiences their students
need to learn. These ideas become a reality when concerned individuals
(like you!) choose projects to fund. Donors who complete project funding
or give more than $100 receive photos and personal thank-you notes from
the kids they helped. It's easy - and very rewarding.

The great news is that my project proposal, Sing To Learn, is now posted
at! Check it out at:

Take a look. Also, please consider supporting my students and me by
forwarding this message to others who may be interested in improving

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