Reflections on the books, poems, short stories, cereal boxes and small print I'm currently reading AND the films I'm getting to see upon occasion. . . .
Monday, December 16, 2013
GIVING at Christmas and All Through the Year
When I turned on my computer at school this morning, I saw that GOOGLE was promoting a "12 Days of Christmas" where you could give as little as one dollar each day to a worthy organization. So I started clicking some of the buttons. Days one through four all sounded really interesting, then I clicked on today's button, DAY 5, and it was for an organization called Donors Choose, which I had heard of, vaguely, before. What a fantastic concept...teachers from very low poverty area schools put in grants for items they wish to purchase to make things for the kids in their classrooms BETTER. The first one, the very first one, of many - was for a fourth grade class in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the town in which I was born. And I read more. How I wish I could donate more than five bucks! But that's what I did, going back to that original posting of Mrs. Hubert, for her classroom to have a photocopier instead of having to put in a requisition and wait for needed photocopies. (I complain because I have to walk across campus about 50 feet to obtain mine!) http://www.donorschoose.org/
I'm a just-retired fourth grade classroom teacher, I've taught fifth grade, middle school literature, and college-level children's literature. Now I work as an assistant in the Youth Services department of a big public library....heaven! Originally from New England, I spent the last 14 years in the glorious sunshine of Tucson, Arizona, and have recently moved to south central Pennsylvania - a new adventure! I adore my kids, my grandkids (I got married at "age 9"), my students, books and reading, quilts and quilting, yarn and knitting, papercrafts and altering books, genealogy, letterboxing, - and hitting the road to adventure far and wide. There are only two states that I've not yet visited, but I'm determined to get to all of them, even if I have to row.... Next goal? Foreign countries? US capitals or major cities?