Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Long Overdue Animal Project PSA

After much delay we finally have our Animal PSA up and running!  Take a few minutes to watch the inspiration from my Animal Project group.  I am extremely proud of their thoughtful comments and words of advice.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Head for the Cure 5K Update!

The fourth graders can't believe it! With the help from others they have raised more than 60% of their goal of $2,500 in only 12 days!  A huge thank you to all those who have donated! 

Head for the Cure - Austin 2013 Fundraising - Cancer Isn't the Answer: Barton Creek Elementary

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Excitement in the Air

There is nothing like receiving a package in the mail! Today, both classes unwrapped their packages from WWF and LiveStrong.  It was awesome seeing the reaction from each student - the air was definitely filled with excitement!  

My morning class took part in a word web to fully understand what LiveStrong meant to them.  We discussed why it is important to spread the word that LiveStrong is not about just one person, but more about the millions of people affected by cancer each day.  Each student decided on one word that properly expressed what LiveStrong meant to them.  As they put their word on the board, they were able to pick up their bracelet and put it on.  Surprisingly, this small activity was extremely powerful. 

My afternoon class was shocked to see how generous World Wildlife Fund is with their donations.  The packages we received from adopting the animals was truly spectacular.  With each adoption the class got a certificate of adoption, a letter from WWF, informational cards on the animal, an awesome stuffed animal, a reusable WWF bag and of course the feeling of accomplishment!

It was truly an awesome day at school today!  I am blessed to work with incredible, hard-working kids each day!

All of the wonderful goodies from WWF 
Tiger and Snow Leopard Adoption

Word Web

100 LiveStrong Bracelets

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Head for the Cure

The second project is underway! My eager fourth graders have decided to take part in the Head for the Cure (http://www.headforthecure.org) on March 17th in Austin, Texas.  The Head for the Cure Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding in the fight against brain cancer. Each child is going to use their iPads to research brain cancer in order to spread the word to others in the community.  We will be using this time to honor and celebrate the life of one of our most loving, fabulous first grade teachers, Tammy Campbell.  

You can visit the page below to help us reach our goal.  Please feel free to pass it along to friends and family.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Project Results!

I am thrilled to announce that both classes went above and beyond and raised more than their goal of $50!  Our cancer project raised exactly $100, and they will take that money to purchase 100 LiveStrong wristbands to resell at school for an additional fundraiser.  They are very excited to let others in the community take part in their project by supporting cancer with the wristbands.  The animal project raised $130, which allows them to adopt two animals from the World Wildlife Fund!  The class agreed that they wanted to adopt a tiger and a snow leopard.  They are now working on their next fundraising and learning opportunity.