Reading Challenge Starts Monday!

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Summer Reading Challenge Rules:

  1. Display the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge Image on your website and link it back to this post.
  2. Read one blog that you have never visited each day from June 24th – August 18th. Explore other blogging platforms, click on suggested posts, ask others for suggestions – the only rule is that the blog must be “new to you.”
  3. Leave a comment for each of the bloggers whom you have discovered. You can offer support and constructive criticism or share knowledge and ideas.
  4. Share the blogs you have discovered in any way you see fit. Blog daily, compile weekly lists, or write a “This is How I Spent My Summer” post sharing all the links.

Follow these rules and by the end of the summer, you will have connected with 56 new bloggers and your exposure will have grown considerably. Better yet, you will be supporting your fellow writers who, like you, take the time and have the courage to share their thoughts and ideas with world using blogging as their medium.

via Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge.

Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge

‘Tis the season of summer reading lists….do you have yours ready yet?  I am an avid reader and am looking forward to reading some books that have been buzzed about: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight, We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld have made the list, all books I discovered on this excellent summer reading list.   But, I have decided to go on a entirely new reading adventure this summer and you are invited!  My blog’s purpose is to inspire adults and children to improve their own lives by doing good, being kind and making a difference in the lives of others. The Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge provides each of us with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our fellow bloggers, and, in the process, improve readership and exposure on our blogs too.   Will you join me on the challenge?

final sum read chall

Summer Reading Challenge Rules:

  1. Display the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge Image on your website and link it back to this post.
  2. Read one blog that you have never visited each day from June 24th  –  August 18th.   Explore other blogging platforms, click on suggested posts, ask others for suggestions – the only rule is that the blog must be “new to you.”
  3. Leave a comment for each of the bloggers whom you have discovered. You can offer support and constructive criticism or share knowledge and ideas. 
  4. Share the blogs you have discovered in any way you see fit.  Blog daily, compile weekly lists, or write a “This is How I Spent My Summer” post sharing all the links. 

Follow these rules and by the end of the summer, you will have connected with 56 new bloggers and your exposure will have grown considerably.  Better yet, you will be supporting your fellow writers who, like you, take the time and have the courage to share their thoughts and ideas with world using blogging as their medium.

Are you ready for the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading ChallengeJoin today and then share this invitation with your network!

 

**Note: This challenge is clearly targeted towards bloggers, but you don’t have to be a blogger to participate.  Simply read a new blog and comment on it each day and you, too, will be making a difference in the lives of bloggers!**

Summer Tradition With a Charity Twist

Before bed last night, we read Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink.  My daughters love the Pinkalicious series of books and this particular one is about the ultimate summertime activity – holding a lemonade stand!  I am quite certain that 99% of kids think about setting up a lemonade stand at some point in their childhood.  Lemonade stands can teach kids about entrepreneurship, money management and marketing, but most of all it is a fun way to pass a summer day!  But did you know that you can help your children learn about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship while doing this quintessential summer activity?  Here’s an excerpt from my Do-Gooder Kids Activities page on hosting a lemonade stand for charity.

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lemonade stand! (Photo credit: amy.gizienski)

Organize a Lemonade Stand: This is the ultimate summer volunteer opportunity for kids! I am fairly certain that at some point in time, every child has set up their very own lemonade stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand provides all the resources your kids need to step it up a notch and contribute to a worthy cause, finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Or, you can select a charity that is close to your heart and spread awareness about it while serving lemonade to your community. Most groups will provide some informational material for you to distribute if you call to request it!  Looking for tips on hosting a lemonade stand?  Sunkist has a fantastic online guide for making your lemonade stand a success!

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A Brilliant Idea for Recognizing Random Acts of Kindness

SONY DSCI recently read an article in our local community newspaper, The Positive Press, and had to share.   The headline reads, “The People’s Choice Awards: Cinnaminson High School”, but it was really the first line of the article that caught my attention.  “Random acts of kindness are done every day by Cinnaminson High School students.”  Given my particular interest in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK), I read on and stumbled upon a brilliant idea conceptualized and launched years ago by a local educator.  Fourteen years ago, Robert Krastek, then the assistant principal, founded the People’s Choice Awards as a way to honor and celebrate kindness in school.  Each year since, teachers anonymously nominate students whom they have witnessed performing a RAK.  Those students are then presented with a People’s Choice Award at a ceremony during which they are told who nominated them and why.  This year, twenty-one students received the award for everything from befriending students sitting alone in the cafeteria to starting a school wide recycling project.

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The details of the article are slim when it comes to the actual ceremony, but I am picturing an assembly in the school auditorium during which these twenty-one students are honored for their kind deeds in front of their peers.  Along with the award, the students are presented with gift certificates donated by local businesses who also wanted to celebrate the actions of this special group of students.  Public recognition and prizes, many of which were gift certificates to local eating establishments, are a powerful motivator for teens and I have to believe that many students are motivated to be kinder to their peers in order to be an Award recipient.  While the initial motivation to be kind may be for selfish reasons, I believe that the pride one feels once they’ve completed a RAK becomes the motivator for ongoing kindness.    The People’s Choice Awards puts front and center the issue of kindness and allows for discussion among teachers and students about how each individual can make the world a happier place with their own kindness as the tool.   Mr. Krastek is no longer at the school, but his idea and its legacy lives on and I can’t help but wonder what might happen if every school adopted a similar program.

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“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Anonymous

How does your school or community group recognize Random Acts of Kindness?

The Power of Thank You

SONY DSCIf you’ve been reading for a while, you know that Josie donated her Chores For Charity earnings in March to KaBoom!  Well, her mommy had a terrible case of Procrastinitis and finally sent in her donation a couple weeks ago.   Yesterday, the postman delivered a letter addressed to Josie and she could hardly control her excitement.  We read it together as a family and I have to say that she has been beaming with pride about it ever since!  She is so excited that she helped to make a playground and the Thank You Note addressed to her was the perfect reminder.  It will definitely go into her memory box.

Of course, Josie was excited to get mail.  But, I think the fact that it was a Thank You card addressed to her was meaningful and really made her day.  So, my friends, don’t underestimate the power of a thank you.  Go forth and spread gratitude, thanks and goodness!

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How To Help Oklahoma Recover – UPDATE

I am watching CNN and in shock at the devastation that Mother Nature inflicted on Oklahoma.  As a mother, my heart aches for the children who lost their lives at their school today and for their families who have to move forward and pick up the pieces of their lives.  So many lives, young and old, lost.  So many homes destroyed.  So much still unknown about the extent of the damage.  As an American, I know it is my responsibility to take care of my fellow citizens in their time of need.  Do you feel the same?  Here are some ways that you can help:

1.  Support the American Red Cross

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999  to donate $10 to Disaster Relief efforts
  • Donate Online
  • Donate by phone – 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Donate blood

2.  Support the Salvation Army – mobilizing mobile kitchens to feed 2500

  • Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to support Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts
  • Donate Online

3.  Support Feeding America – pledged to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to Oklahoma

  • Give a monetary donation
  • Donate food to a local food bank

4.  Support Operation USA – mobilizing to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover

5.  Support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

  • Donate Online
  • Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10

UPDATE:  There are more and more organizations that are mobilizing to help with the recovery and rebuilding efforts and they are detailed below.  One of my readers made the point that if you want your donation to only be used for Oklahoma Tornado Relief, you should designate this on the donation form to be sure.  Go forth friends and do what you can to help the great citizens of Oklahoma in their time of need.  By sacrificing lunch out today and texting your $10 donation, you can make a difference.

6.  Global Giving Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund – Raising funds for immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts

  • Donate Online
  • Text OK to 80088 to donate $10 to the Relief Fund

7.  United Way of Central Oklahoma – Distributing funds to local non-profits organizing disaster relief and rebuilding programs in local communities

  • Donate Online
  • By Mail: United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK  73101
  • **Be sure to designate donation to the May Tornado Relief.

8.  Team Rubicon Operation: Starting Gun – Mobilizing volunteers to help assess damages and expedite home repairs

9. World Vision – Disaster response team is loading trucks with supplies and mobilizing volunteers to deploy

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Together we can help Oklahoma rebuild and recover.  What will you do to be a part of the recovery?