December 11, 2014

T'was The Daze Before Christmas - A Holiday Letter to My Colleagues.

Inspired by Erica Colon's (Knitty Gritty Science) The Daze Before Christmas TPT Freebie, I decided to write my own for my colleagues, with my school specific references.

* Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta is one of the longest Indian names.  We have many South Asian students in our school with challenging names to memorize. Many are quite beautiful sounding once you get the knack for it.  I'm still working on this one though.

TPT Sellers Giving Back for the Holidays

I'm a very lucky person, as my husband reminds me of all the time.  Just because I live where I do, I am a part of the 99% of the richest people in the world.  I don't have to worry about my next meal, where I will lay down my head at night, my physical safety or having any of my needs met.  Heck, I also have most of my wants met to boot.  Sometimes it's difficult to keep this in perspective when we're constantly bombarded with messages that tell us to strive for more and more stuff or that we don't have enough yet.

I want to hold on to this perspective that I am in this lucky 99% majority.  This December I would like to give back to those not as fortunate.  One of the student led groups at my school called VON (Volunteer Now) has been raising money to build a school in Sierra Leone.

This is their Free the Children's Brick by Brick Campaign.  It will take $10 000 to build the school house.  As access to education is an issue near and dear to me, and I would love to support the students at my school, I'm going to try to put a dent in that figure and I would invite you to help me.

On Sunday December 14th, 100% of the earnings I make on TPT will be going to Free the Children's Brick by Brick campaign.   Every dollar you spend in my TPT store on this day will go to this cause.  Why not get some useful educational resources and help build a school overseas at the same time?  Sunday is usually my best sales day so I am very excited for VON and their Brick by Brick Campaign.

Other teacher authors on TPT have also decided to make December 14th their day for giving back and I invite you to happily purchase products from these talented teachers as well.  Each has their own charity they would like to give back to.  Please check them out.

I would like to give special thanks to Erica Colon (Nitty Gritty Science) for being the kind mastermind behind this idea and rounding all of us up for this Great Day of Giving Back.