Edit: This article originally appeared on my first website fierygivingtree.com which I’ve since closed.
The Investment pertains to some confirmations made from my final days in St. John’s. I volunteered once again with the First Grader’s and they put on a show! Instead of this meaning the children acting up or reciting something by Shakespeare, I had the pleasure of attending an assembly. This assembly was like none that I’ve experienced throughout my many years of school.
The assembly gathered the entire school outside and pertained to an upcoming standardize test. My role was crowd control. The amazing part was, besides granting a few potty breaks, my services were not called on. The children were very well-behaved, due to the teacher’s degree of involvement in reaching the children. To that end…they dressed up as superheros. And I do not mean just wearing masks, they had complete costumes: Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Iron Woman (had to ask about that one), among others! There are no possible words to explain how incredibly awesome this was. It began with a villain talking to the kids and giving them bad advice, only to be captured by the teachers. Each of the superhero teachers then engaged the children, reeducating them on what actually should be done. The next step? Get everyone up and dance: teachers and all students, to a superhero song! A controlled chaos reigned for the song then the kids were collected for another activity. The assembly ended with one last dance and then back to the classrooms. It was the best assembly EVER.
I was truly impressed with the investment that each teacher had in the activity. They dressed up in superhero costumes (which were no joke!) but more than that, the event was scripted and well thought-out to engage the children. This activity would have been terrifying to me (unless they gave me a mask perhaps) but they all did it and the kids loved it. It was a perfect way to reach the children. It made me think a bit about investment, how much I invest my time in my work (that I get paid for) and waste so many of the hours that are “mine”. I have no immediate solution for this (at times I seem to be hiding from life) but I can say that my month ahead is filled with much investment. I have the honor of volunteering at a bereavement camp for children, next weekend, and another at the end of the month. In between that, I will be continuing to work to fundraise for a beach stroll benefiting my local Hospice and then participate!
But what about that Raffle?
This raffle is an opportunity to win a lovely souvenir from my St. John trip. I wire wrapped [my first ever] sea glass found on the beach! The pendant is reversible.
You may enter the *free* raffle in one of following ways –
1) Twitter users – Tweet your favorite fundraising experience with the FGTfree tag . Use the following format so I can find your post: “The best fundraising experience was [event]! #FGTfree″
2) Facebook user – Post on facebook.com/fierygivingtree your favorite fundraising experience with the FGTfree tag . Use the following format so I know it is a raffle entry: “The best fundraising experience was [event]! #FGTfree″
3) HERE! – Leave a message in the comments with your favorite fundraising experience with the FGTfree tag . Use the following format so I know it is a raffle entry: “The best fundraising experience was [event]! #FGTfree″
You may enter 1 time per day over the next week, any method. Raffle ends Sunday, 4/10/11 11:59pm PST. I will post the winner on this website, 4/11/11, and contact them directly.