Sunday, October 18, 2009

Can you help me with this?

First an introduction. Friends, this is Shannon.

I met Shannon two years ago. She's a ball of energy and I'm always excited when my weekend plans include seeing her. (Not at all related to the fact that weekend plans with Shannon usually involved skiing, camping, or otherwise getting out of classroom mode. ;-)

Actually, that aside is only partly true. Even when we're out of the classroom, Shannon continues to think about her students and ask about yours. Kinda typical of the the teachers I've met online.

Like a lot of teachers online, Shannon uses Donors Choose. She sent an e-mail today, that I wanted to share. I'll let her take it from here.


Hello Friends,

As you (probably) know, I teach at Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  My students live in one of the poorest counties in the country and very few have access to books in their homes.  Below, you see a picture of T---, second grader.  This is my hope for all of my students: that they become proficient life-long readers.  In order for this to be a reality, the school library must have books that appeal to their interests.

Here's what you might not know: I'm part of the teacher community, where teachers post projects for the resources that would make the biggest difference in our classrooms.  I currently have several projects posted for books.  If teachers collectively get 5,000 people to give to classroom projects by October 31st, $100,000 in additional funding will be released.

Here’s the catch.  It won’t even cost you anything besides about 10 minutes of your time.  Yahoo! is inviting everyone to share their creative singing voices by customizing and uploading their Yahoo! Yodel (you know, the catchy part-song, part-celebration shout trademark Yaaahooo!).  In return for submitting your own Yodel by October 31st, Yahoo! will immediately provide you with a $10 electronic Giving Card code to help fund the classroom project of your choice on  Hopefully, of course, that would be one of my projects, but it’s up to you!

Here’s what to do:
1.     Go to the Yahoo! Yodel Studio and make a yodel.  It doesn’t have to be good.  Here’s mine.  Any submission counts. 
2.     After you’ve submitted your yodel and Yahoo! Has emailed you your gift card, use this link to go to Donorschoose:
3.     Support any classroom project.  My projects can be most easily found by searching under location -- > State: SD.  County: Shannon.
4.     Please also forward this email to spread the word.

Please note that the last day to use your code is Halloween.  Thanks in advance for making it the best trick-or-treat I’ve ever had.  


1 comment:

  1. Please yodel; donate; sign up with Donors Choose, create your own wish, and send out your own e-mail. Whatever fits your style.

    And, if you need to hear my yodel, supposedly it's here.