The DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge
So I was approached a few weeks back to be part of a donation drive for an organization known as Donors Choose. You may have noticed it on the right sidebar. Since Kirk buttered me up by saying he's a regular reader of the site, I couldn't help but take kind to his cause.
So if you have any extra money left over that you were planning on spending on playoff tickets or World Series merchandise (sigh, slams forehead on desk), consider making a donation to a very worthwhile cause.
DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.
I do know a little about this as the Angel Fan Wife and the Angel Fan Wife's mother are both school teachers. Well the Angel Fan Wife was a school teacher I should say, she's moved on to bigger and better things. But to say the least, the public school system isn't easy on teachers or their pocketbooks. I'm sure you're all aware of the budget crunch that many states face when it comes to education and for the particularly low-income areas, if a teacher wants anything for their kids besides prepping for standardized testing, it almost always comes out of their own pockets or more likely doesn't happen at all.
So I picked a few high poverty areas in Chicago and projects that seemed interesting or sports-related. A lot of schools no longer have gym teachers and the regular teacher has to do it themselves and there certainly isn't money for equipment. If you know of any other projects, I'd certainly be willing to add them to our donate page. TCR will be donating about $120 before the month is over. If you can help out, great. If you click on "Top Giving" tab on the right sidebar widget, you'll see the challenge part of all this and see we have ground to make up.
I also wanted to mention that even if you can't donate at the moment, consider voting for Donors Choose at the American Express Members Project Page. There are 5 charities that are up for a $1.5 M donation for the winner. You do have to be an AMEX card holder and the voting ends today. But if you can, please drop a vote as they are currently second.
And just to have something baseball related here....some photoshops that Dr. Hecht sent me over the weekend that I assume were sent to him.
the new DVD set coming to Amazon in November...
one for the kids...
sure to be a Parachat and Chad favorite
and the winner...
Happ signs w Jays
needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch
As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing
+ Bankruptcy Court
2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...
A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.
...the wrong half.
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012
the Rex brothers?
Yeah, the Rex brothers, Tyrannosaurus and Oedipus
When I first saw the Tweet, I thought there were two guys. Happy Thanksgiving gang! And TheoJed!