Blog Action Day–Taking Action to Make a Difference

The day is here:  Blog Action Day.  Today, over 10,000 blogs will spotlight the issue of poverty and raise funds to make a difference.  Kudos to Easton Ellsworth and the team behind Blog Action Day.

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to blog about today.  My kids are deaf and hard of hearing and they attend school in a district that is well paid for by taxes.  They are receiving an education that is lacking very little in terms of resources and access to projects.  They have access to digital hearing aids, interpreters, FM systems and itinerant teachers.

A couple of years ago, I attended a conference where I met an educator for the deaf from New Mexico.  He described an educational system that was quite different from what my children are receiving.  Many of the families with deaf and hard of hearing children were scattered in very rural areas.  Many were living in what we would call deep poverty in the United States.  Some of the families came across the border.  He talked about how families had very limited access to the many choices that families in bigger cities take for granted. 

Mrs. V's classroom

I tried to think of a way that I could ask my readers to help make a difference, a tangible difference for deaf and hard of hearing children–today.  I have a project that I’m supporting over at the Chicago Moms Blog which is part of the DonorsChoose.org Bloggers Challenge.  It is a fundraiser for a classroom in New Mexico for deaf and hard of hearing children in an area of high poverty: Bugs, Crystals and More for Hands On Scientists.  Just $546 dollars will fund this project and make a difference in the lives of several deaf and hard of hearing students (and the future students to follow).  The project has raised $125 dollars so far and the deadline to fund this project is November 21st.  Perhaps my readers, today, can help this project reach its goal.

It only takes a minute to make a contribution, and make a difference.  The learning that these students will reap from this project will help shape future minds.

Won’t you make a difference today?

Update as of October 15th in the afternoon:

I’m sitting here amazed, totally amazed.  This project is now fully funded.  A special thanks goes to all the donors: Karon, Davis, Jessica, Deborah, Joanna and Eileen.   Joanna and Eileen gave today and helped to fully fund the project.

You all are amazing!

Update:  Thank you from Mrs. Vogt:

Dear Karen,

Thank you so much for your donation towards hands-on science materials for our classroom with deaf and hard of hearing students. We are so excited to start using the supplies to do science experiments. We have seen some different science supplies in books and I am thrilled that the students will now get to explore magnifying glasses, lenses, microscopes, and color paddles for themselves! I have been reading lots of books and websites to find experiments that are good for kindergarten and first grade kids. Now, we will be able to do the experiments. By the way, I showed the kids pictures of the supplies we are getting, and they said to tell you that they are the most excited about the growing crystals kit! Thanks again so much!!

 

Other bloggers who are making a difference:

Five Minutes for Mom:  Blog Action Day: Poverty

ProBlogger: Reflections on Poverty

Remarkable Parents: The Scoop on Blog Action Day

The Broad Brush: Poverty

Karen Swim: Blog Action Day: Poverty

Middle Zone Musings: It’s Time

Joyful Jubilant Learning:  How Much Can We Learn in a Day?

Liz Strauss:  Personal Environmental Action

Joanna Young:  Words That Make a Difference

CopyBlogger: Why Jesse Won’t Go to College

Meryl.net: Blog Action Day: Poverty

If the World Had Wheels:  Disability and Poverty

Face Me, I Read Lips: Blog Action Day: Help Those Who Need Hearing Aids

Amy Derby: Look, See, Do Something

10 thoughts on “Blog Action Day–Taking Action to Make a Difference

  1. Great idea, Karen! I love that it’s for kids, and that it’s in the U.S. – not because it’s better that way, but because it illustrates the point that not every effort to relieve poverty be to a far-off land whose name we can’t spell.

    Thank you for contributing and I hope you meet your goal!

  2. am sorry i’m unable to contribute. :( i wish you all the best though on this initiative.

    have you looked into using goodsearch?

    for my part, i turn to sites like freerice, kiva, and goodsearch, as ways to help alleviate poverty online.

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

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  3. Karen, I will definitely make a donation before the deadline. I am a big believer in giving. If I have $20 to my name I can afford to share part or all of it with someone in need. I have never once in my life missed money that was given. Equality in education is an issue near and dear to my heart. I had not thought about this, however from the perspective of hard of hearing and deaf children. I really appreciate you enlightening me and giving me an opportunity to make a difference. The amount of money required to solve a problem is so little and with small efforts from a few we can really help these children!

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  4. Easton,
    I wanted something that I could do today, to make a difference and this was it. The problem of poverty is so vast and so widespread. I know that deaf and hard of hearing children in many other countries are in dire need of even more. One day, one project at a time…

  5. @Karen Swim,

    Karen, thank you for stopping by and helping to make a difference for those deaf and hard of hearing kids. I know it will be greatly appreciated. :)

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