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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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Operation: Military Kids

There are approximately two million military kids in the United States.  These are children who have at least one parent active in the military.  They face many of the same challenges and stresses as their parents: frequent relocations, deployment, and reintegration.  Thankfully there are organizations that focus on these children.  We had the opportunity to… Continue reading Operation: Military Kids

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A Little Free Library

Thirteen new libraries have popped up around our city over the last six months.  These libraries are making books available in the neighborhoods where children live and go to school.  Areas of our city that need books to help improve the literacy rates of children in need.   These libraries are not large brick buildings… Continue reading A Little Free Library

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Day 2: Clothing Donation

Day 2 of the 25 Days of Giving was called Clothing Donation.  We dug through our closets and emptied out our dresser drawers to find those clothes that we could give to someone who needs it.  We made two separate donations.  First, we dropped off clothes for Forgotten Children Worldwide at one of their local… Continue reading Day 2: Clothing Donation

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Chicken for Children

About a year ago I learned about the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children, a small nonprofit organization here in Fort Wayne that is impacting the lives of children who have been sexually abused.  Yeah, I said children who have been sexually abused.  Does that make you uncomfortable?  Does it make your stomach churn?  It should.  It… Continue reading Chicken for Children

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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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Empowering Struggling Students

I sat quietly in my chair and looked around the small room that The Crossing Educational Center uses for Family Time.  A diverse group of students worked to complete the given assignment.  It wasn't the typical math problem, essay question, or science experiment.  It was something completely different.  Their task was to write their biggest fear,… Continue reading Empowering Struggling Students

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Proud Moments of a Mentor

It has been almost four years since I enrolled to be a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  I remember that day like it was yesterday.  The questions, the nerves, the butterflies, and the fears are unforgettable. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time and I definitely… Continue reading Proud Moments of a Mentor

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A Stranger, Teens, and The Zoo

Our journey continues and year 3 is underway.  It started the same way that year 2 of our project began, with a volunteer experience in an animal enrichment workshop.  The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a non-profit that has the mission to connect children with animals while strengthening families and inspiring others to care.  It… Continue reading A Stranger, Teens, and The Zoo

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UPDATE: Linnie Mae’s New Friends

Two weeks ago we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for our new children's book LINNIE MAE'S NEW FRIENDS.  Our goal was to raise $5000 to help cover the expenses involved in printing and distributing hard copies of the book.  As of this post, we have reached the $3500 dollar mark and 70% funded.  We feel… Continue reading UPDATE: Linnie Mae’s New Friends