Saturday, December 6, 2014


A few nights ago, I got the idea of hosting a readathon to raise money. A readathon is basically a sponsored reading event: students raise money by reading a certain number of pages, and find sponsors that will match the number of pages read with a specific amount of money. It ties in really well to my project goal of raising money for women's education.
Anyway, I emailed the Grosse Pointe school district to ask if I could host a readathon at one of the elementary schools. I wasn't expecting an answer for a while, so I was pretty surprised when they contacted me at the end of the day yesterday. Apparently, I'm planning a readathon for Kerby Elementary.
I was pretty excited when I found out, but I'm starting to get a little nervous. I've never done anything even kind of similar to planning a readathon, and while I have a pretty good idea of how a readathon works, I'm not 100% certain on what I need to do to make it happen.
Right now, I'm researching companies that would sponsor the readathon. It's more difficult than I originally thought, especially because many companies only match money that their employees raise. I emailed several companies, and I'm hoping to hear back from them soon.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Swimming vs 20 time

I haven't made a lot of progress on my project this week. My school swim team went to states over the weekend, and that was really time-consuming. We got 6th in our division, which is really good, but we were hoping to place in the top 4. I have about a week until club swimming starts, so I'm going to make the most of it and work really hard on my project.
To raise money right now, I decided to sell cards on Etsy. It may seem like a stupid idea, but I'm pretty good at art and I have experience making cards. I created an Etsy shop over the weekend, and I worked on a few ideas for holiday cards. I'm not really sure on how to price them, or how I can make more than one without spending a really long time on them. Another thing is that since I decided on this so late, I have to spend a lot of time now coming up with ideas for holiday cards. There's also a time crunch because it's almost Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Change in Project

I decided to change my project. Instead of raising money so I can volunteer abroad, I'm going to raise money to benefit women's education.
I live in an area where there are really nice schools, and in a country where women have an equal opportunity for an education. However, in many developing countries girls don't have access to schools. Many women also forced to drop out so they can support their family, or are married off at a young age. According to United Nations, educated women boost income growth, can plan better for future families, and raise educated children. If countries made schools available for girls, too, then poverty rates worldwide would drop.
For my 20 time project, I want to help a change like that happen. Over the year, I plan on raising $1,000 to go to women's education charities. It's a lot of money, but I'm really passionate about this issue.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

1st Post

For my 20 time project, I'm going to volunteer abroad. I love to travel, and while I have the time I want to do something to help others. Over the school year, I'm going to raise money and research scholarships. Hopefully, when summer comes I'll have enough money to go. If I don't have enough, I plan on donating the money I did raise to a charity that helps people in third world countries. The average cost to volunteer internationally is about $5,000, counting the price of travel, so it would be a pretty big project.
I'm not really sure where I want to go yet. I'm open to anywhere, but I think the main thing that would drive my decision is the cost and type of program. The cheapest programs all involve construction work of some sort, and while that's great, I'd really like to do something with children or people with disabilities.
Another problem is the time. When I volunteer, it would have to be either at the very end of July or the beginning of August. I swim for three teams over the summer, and two of them have swim finals at the end of July. My school's swim team starts in the middle of August, and I can't miss a huge part of the preseason practice. These specifications make finding an organization difficult because not many programs fit my exact time frame.
It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm really excited about my project.