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.
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:
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