UPDATE: I GOT 20 AMAZING FAMILIES TO SIGN UP IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS. NOW I JUST NEED SOME MORE WILLING TEACHERS. THESE FAMILIES ARE REALLY EXCITED AND HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS!
If you know me at all, you know that I like projects. I also like helping people. What can I say? I like to be busy. I have "met" so many amazing families in this process and I hate that I can't help all of them. Or, can I?
Here's my latest project:
I teach at a Christian Special Education school. We are always looking for ways for the students to help others---instead of always being helped. So, in light of this, the students in the transition program are hosting a Pie in the Face Contest. For each $50 that we raise, we will throw a pie into the face of a beloved staff member. We have done this in the past and it's always a huge hit with the kids. I'm hoping that we will raise at least $1,000! All the money we raise will go to Reece's Rainbow families.
In addition to throwing pies, we will be sponsoring adopting families from Reece's Rainbow. I am hoping to get 20 classrooms to sponsor 20 families. The classrooms can choose to sponsor the family for the duration of the fundraiser (the month of September) or for the duration of their adoption. Classrooms can research the child's country, read the family's blog, email the family, support or promote their fundraisers, hold their own fundraiser for the family. The options are endless! I am currently recruiting the 20 classrooms. (If you teach at my school and want to be involved, let me know!)
Now, I just need the 20 Reece's Rainbow families. We are hoping to raise at least $50 for each family. (Anything we raise over $1,000 will be split among the families.) In return, I ask that you be willing to communicate with the students. (I know we are all busy so it won't be a huge commitment.) You need to be willing to share your blog address, your email, and a little bit about your family and your child (if you can). It will be up to the classroom teacher how much or how little they want to interact with your family. (The fundraiser will run through the month of September. If you expect your adoption to be completed by then, this probably won't work for you.)
Families - All you have to do is leave a comment here with your blog address and email!
Teacher - Just leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know your class wants to participate!
I think this will be a great opportunity to get Reece's Rainbow and it's mission out there to our students, staff, and families. Who knows, maybe one more child will find their forever family through this project!
These are the families we will be helping:
2 Families that are committing very soon
2 Anonymous Families