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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 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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Perspective Through a Paintbrush

I sat in my car in the parking lot of a local home improvement store.  It was Saturday morning and I was there to pick up supplies for this week's volunteer experience.  After turning off the car, I sat quietly in my seat and began to reflect back on our volunteer work.  I thought about… Continue reading Perspective Through a Paintbrush

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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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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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Rube Goldberg, Students, and A Lot Of Sawdust

Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author.  He was well-known for his inventions that took simple tasks and made them unbelievably complex.  A Goldberg contraption often featured an elaborate set of gears, arms, springs, wheels, and rods that were put into motion by balls, a canary cage, pails of water, boots,… Continue reading Rube Goldberg, Students, and A Lot Of Sawdust

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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

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Learn to Love to Read

I have been blessed to be a reader in the Real Men Read program for the last four years.  I shared one of my experiences in our year one, week 19 blog titled "Read and Be a Rock Star".  I am a true believer in the title that I used for that post.  When you… Continue reading Learn to Love to Read