January 16, 2012

It's Because I'm Irish...

I have a confession to make: I just won another giveaway. As the title of this post suggests, it's almost entirely because of my heritage. That's right, I'm descended from potato lovers and leprechauns. Truth be told, I'm actually starting to feel a little guilty about all of this good fortune. Maybe I should step away from the giveaways so others have a chance at winning. Maybe.

What did I win exactly? Remember a little while ago how I mentioned that Mrs. Silverstein over at Reading on the F Train was hosting a super generous giveaway? Well, you're looking at the winner. I won a book of my choice from Mrs. S's sixteen book high TBR pile, so I chose The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I also got to pick a 2012 pre-order from Amazon, so I went with Everneath by Brodi Ashton (which comes out Jan. 24th). As it turns out, both of the books I selected are from debut authors. Yay for debut authors! 

But this wasn't all. Mrs. S. also included a $10 gift card for a donation through DonorsChoose.org. Guys, if you haven't checked this organization out, you definitely should. As a former teacher, I know that teachers often end up paying for many of the supplies in their classrooms. I also know that Canadian teachers have it far better than their American counterparts. This isn't a Go Canada! moment, this is just an unfortunate fact. When I headed over to DonorsChoose to use this gift card, I found the following project and decided to kick in a little of my own 'mad money' to help Ms. Hermosillo's kindergarten class at Farragut Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri reach their goal:


Call it paying forward my own good fortune. I won books, and now these children are getting books too. And my heart just grew three sizes . So thanks again to Mrs. S for her generosity!

P.S. Within about an hour of donating, I received these words of thanks from Ms. Hermosillo:
My students are going to be thrilled to see the new technology that we will have access to in the classroom. This will get them excited about reading. I hope that it will ignite a passion that will make them successful for their educational careers. Thank you again and I truly can't express through words how grateful I am.
With gratitude,
Ms. H
And now I have a lump in my throat. 

20 comments:

  1. Wow, that teacher sounds super impressive. What a great project to support! Thanks for spreading the word!

    And I like your Irish theory--it applies to me also, and might explain the crazy prize I won recently (a set of Doctor Who DVDs from Erica O'Rourke). Sorry, non-Irish blog contest entrants!

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    1. This project sounded great and I got a lump in my throat just reading about these children. As for the Irish thing - I suppose it's about time they got lucky (not sure what's so lucky about a potato famine or being taken over by the English) :-)

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  2. Congratulations! That's a great classroom to help! :) Reading is so important and I know those kids are going to remember Ms. Hermosillo and her listening center.

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    1. Thanks! Isn't it a great project? Books and reading are just so important and I knew right away that this was something I wanted to participate in :-)

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  3. Heh, I'm Irish... where's my fortune??? *winks* Love it. You rock, Jaime!

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  4. You're not only lucky, you PASSED some of that luck on to others! <3

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    1. Do you mean to the kids in Missouri? I hope a little luck got passed on to them :-)

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  5. Donors Choose is so cool! And I love that you donated to a classroom/literacy cause. Yay!

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    1. It was Mrs. S who got me onto this in the first place with her giveaway. Everybody should have access to books :-)

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  6. I've not heard of Donors Choose-- how COOL. I love that-- what a great way to connect with kids/teachers. YAY for your own luck, and for Mrs. S's brilliant idea.

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    1. Isn't it great? So glad I know about it :-)

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  7. I've never heard of them either. But way to pay it forward, and I'm sure the kids will love it.

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    1. It's all Mrs. Silverstein :-) The thanks are hers.

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  8. I'd like to rub your head for luck! And lovely to have passed forward your good fortune, and once again getting the best gift of all - knowing that you helped someone who truly appreciated it.

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    1. Thanks! It feels great, but I can't take credit for it - it's all Mrs. Silverstein's idea :-)

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  9. Congrats, Jaime! I like this Irish theory... so based on that, since my mum is Irish (so I'm second-generation Irish), I should be getting The Call soon? Yes? :)

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    1. Oh, most definitely. Just keep your eyes open for little green men :-)

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  10. I'm Irish too, so I hope that Tera Lynn Childs book giveaway I just entered will prove my luckiness. I did win two books recently from another giveaway, although I didn't enter. Hum.

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  11. I stumbled upon your blog looking for a picture of the outside of our school building. I saw my old donor's choose page on the google search and followed the link. I wanted to thank you again for donating to the listening center that my second batch of kindergarten students loves using. It is the most popular station and provides students with the opportunity to fall in love with literacy. Again, thank you so much for helping me open the door of adventure and wonder for my precious little ones.


    Thankfully,
    Erika Hermosillo
    erika.hermosillo@slps.org

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