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Happy Friday, everyone!
It's time to take care of a few business items. First and foremost, the LabSpacers are gearing up for Donors Choose!! In case you're unfamiliar, Donors Choose is an organization that helps underprivileged K-12 classrooms get things they need to make learning awesome, and from Oct 10-Nov 9 we'll be participating in the Science Bloggers Challenge! The prize is bragging rights for the blogging collective that raises the most money, and knowledge-fostering tools for kids who want to learn. Everybody wins!! As you'll see if you click the link above or the widget in my right-hand sidebar (under "Awesome Stuff"), there are a staggering number of projects you can help. I've picked just a few for now, but plan on adding more as the weeks go on, once my heart has stopped breaking. I mean, there's a class of 1st graders who need a carpet so they can have story time! If that doesn't move you even the tiniest bit, you might as well officially join the Dark Side. No but seriously, I bet there's at least one of you out there--probably in industry--who could afford to buy that carpet all by yourself.
But you don't have to be Daddy Warbucks to help out. Even just a few dollars will help get a project closer to its goal, and that's what this is all about--coming together to help. AND! We just learned yesterday that HP will be matching all donations that go through any science blogger's Giving Page, so when you donate, it's like you're donating twice as much! Who knew you were so generous?
Secondly, I'm pleased to announce the launch of the LabSpaces Bloggers twitter feed, @LSBlogs, which will be run by yours truly. If the bloggers are your favorite part of LabSpaces (and I know they're mine!), this feed is your dream come true. It's all bloggers, all the time. New posts, contests, crazy commenters--it's everything you've ever wanted, really. Follow us!
And finally, since you've made it to the end of my Business Time post, here are Flight of the Conchords for your enjoyment (a little NSFW, maybe):
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Love it! Great way to start a friday morning with a bit of Flight of the Conchords! Fantastic news about the separate blogging twitter feed, I saw you hashing it out on the twitter feed, glad it's come about so quickly. Not that I don't appreciate the news feed on Lab Spaces also!
Also, impressed with the Donors Choose charity, what a great idea! Lack of educational resources is something that has been in the news alot since I moved here and it's nice to feel there is something we can do to help out.
Too bad their project widgets are hosed :(
Ohhhh, adblock... Bastards! Why would they put a charity in their DB!?!?!
And PLS, you're cruising for a ban at the router with talk like that :P
A serious question (for once... don't get too used to it): Aside from the donations requested, do they accept any other types of donations, such as teaching materials, original educational games, etc? Or is this only for those specific requests? It would be nice to have a list of needy schools that scientist/artist/collaborations could contribute to, in forms other than just money. Sort of like experimental educational projects.
@GingerNinja, I love that idea, but I don't think it works that way for this particular charity. The way it's organized, the money goes to DonorsChoose, and then DC buys the supplies for the classrooms, exactly as each classroom requested. Sadly, if a project doesn't get fully funded by its deadline, the classroom doesn't get anything; the funds get re-routed to another project.
I see. Still a good funraising program! Is there a website or resource that has lists of needy schools in general? It would be cool to organize an original funraising event every so often to help out classrooms. I've worked in schools (as a therapist & consultant), so I've seen a lot of poverty when it comes to educational resources. There are billions of ways to give to that community, and so many people would do it, if they felt like they were helping in a real personal way. For example, getting students themselves to produce very simple videos (even on a cellphone), explaining who they are, what they need, where they live, etc., and post it to a website. When people make a personal connection, they are more likely to participate.
Ok... I'm rambling. Obviously, education reform and improved childhood learning are a few of my main goals in life. :)
Thanks for posting this project! I'll see what I can do to help...
Wow. Please disregard those typos. I'm trying to mega-multi-task, and I'm a wee bit frazzled. ;)
GN, I totally agree that people are more likely to give when they feel a personal connection to the people they're helping. Unfortunately, that's probably the kind of thing that happens at a local level, rather than national, like DonorsChoose. If you do look into it and find any sort of aggregate, let us know!