Impact 52

Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Registration is complete. Supplies and lunch boxes have been purchased. Some children are excited, others are scared. Moms and Dads are happy to get the kids out of the house and into a routine. Friday nights at the lake will turn into Friday… Continue reading Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

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We Must Be Present In Schools

We must be present in schools. We must be present in schools. We must be present in schools. Say it to yourself over and over again. Write it on the blackboard 100 times like school punishments of old. We must engrave it in our brains and etch it in our hearts. We, as a community, must be present in our… Continue reading We Must Be Present In Schools

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Day 18: Teacher Appreciation

"Mrs. Renfro has such a great attitude. I enjoy her classes because she cares about the students and is always willing to stop and help. It was great to be able to say thank you today through some candy and a Barnes & Noble gift card." - MaKenna "Mrs. Nelson is such a sweet, warmhearted… Continue reading Day 18: Teacher Appreciation

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Day 11: Take Time To Read

We love going into schools and spending time with students. It is an easy way to connect with and positively impact young people. That investment of time, no matter how big or small, may be the best investment you ever make. Today we had the opportunity to visit a kindergarten class at Adams Elementary. It was a great… Continue reading Day 11: Take Time To Read

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Day 12: Take Time To Read

I always love going into an elementary classroom and connecting with young people.  I have been doing it monthly for years and it is always a great experience.  The students are always welcoming and extremely excited to see me walk through the door.  Today's experience was no different. As our Day 12 activity I spent… Continue reading Day 12: Take Time To Read

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Day 11: Teacher Appreciation

"The reaction from my English teacher was the highlight of my day.  She is such a sweet, warmhearted lady.  She always makes sure that I understand my homework and I am very comfortable asking her questions.  She deserved to receive a gift bag for all of her hard work.  I am glad that I had… Continue reading Day 11: Teacher Appreciation

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High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

I exited the building and walked towards my car.  My right hand red and throbbing from the day's repeated blunt-force trauma.  My head pounded from the loud noise, the constant chatter, and the overall chaos.  My heart raced a mile-a-minute from the exhilaration and the excitement.  The corners of my mouth were sore from one… Continue reading High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

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Teaching Global Marketplace to 25 Sixth Grade Boys

Could you engage with and teach 25 middle school students about the global marketplace?  What if I told you that they were all boys?  Feeling confident?  Those were the questions that crossed my mind as I entered Mr. Mann's 6th grade class at Blackhawk Middle School.  I was there as a volunteer for Junior Achievement… Continue reading Teaching Global Marketplace to 25 Sixth Grade Boys

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We Are Small, But Mighty

“We are small, but mighty” is how one student in my room described the class’s acts of kindness this year.  The class was excited to learn that they are the smallest class in the building, but so far, they have raised the most money for Hearts for Riley, a fundraiser held every spring for Riley… Continue reading We Are Small, But Mighty

Guest Post, Impact 52

Guest Post: My Heart Belongs In Ghana

Rebecca Kuntz - Chicago, Illinois Just 24 hours after graduating high school in June 2011 I hopped on a plane to Ghana, West Africa to embark on the journey of a lifetime. I’d only been out of the country once before, to France for 2 weeks, and had no idea what to expect. I can’t… Continue reading Guest Post: My Heart Belongs In Ghana