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‘Kelsey’s CHRISTmas’ brings smiles to kids

December 31, 2009

“Kelsey’s CHRISTmas” is a holiday collection and distribution effort conceived by 17-year-old Kelsey Andrews in memory of her sister Kristin, who lost her battle with cancer in 2007.

“This year’s ‘Kelsey’s CHRISTmas’ left the staff at UPMC?Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh speechless,” said Joan Andrews, mother of Kristin and Kelsey.

This article is over a year old, but still very relevant. We took my daughter to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a check-up last week, it was one of two regularly scheduled trips there each year. Since it was during the holiday season, she was given a teddy bear from one of the nurses, compliments of St. Jude’s and she received a set of pajamas too. The pajamas were in a ziplock baggy with a label, “For Someone Special From Kelsey’s CHRISTmas.”

Being naturally curious, I Googled “Kelsey’s CHRISTmas” and found the article. It is great to see that this was at least the second year in a row that something was organized for the children and staff at the hospital. There was no other information about the effort, I even checked Facebook to see if there was a group. I just wanted to say, “Thank You,” and bring attention to the efforts of those who put this together. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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This site came across my PLN on Twitter over the weekend. I forget who Tweeted the link and I apologize for not being able to give them proper recognition for the info…sorry. I think the site has many positive implications for education. In the day of shrinking budgets, who can afford to ignore free resources? The site is easy to use and you can view the ebooks on platforms other than an iPad.

I downloaded the free FireFox add-on and in minutes read a Dr. Seuss book to my daughter. It was just scanned images from the hard copy, but she enjoyed it. Imagine doing the same thing over an LCD projector onto an interactive whiteboard in your classroom? The students would go nuts, allow them to round robin read and turn the pages with the click of a mouse…even the high school students would enjoy it.

I forwarded the information to the administrators in my district, hopefully they will find the information as interesting as I did. At the minimum, I hope they look into the site, we could use any free help we can get!

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The powerpoint has more information than I have time to research., though I started a Slideshare account so I could download the ppt. It looks as if I can move forward with my plans even if the school does not go with school-wide Blackboard next year, just a lot more work on my part. Link to powerpoint is on my Twitter and here:   http://www.slideshare.net/capelladoc/social-networking-tools-for-instructional-designing/

Variety Show

Yesterday was our last day of classes before holiday break and we had our traditional school-wide variety show.  I have to say that I was very impressed.  I know our kids have talent, but sources of the talent were greatly varied yesterday.  The students were great on stage and in the audience, no lighter or cell phone incidents this year!!!!!!!  The highlight of the show was one of our shyest students get up and dance to “Greased Lightning” from Grease.  He was nervous before the show, went to practice several hours before he was supposed to and almost got cold feet.  He received an ovation when he got on stage and at the end of his routine.  The other performers mobbed him afterwards, it was terrific to see him get that kind of support.  I must say it was the best way to start the holidays from work.  I may just put a few bonus points out to those who took the time to perform and help out behind the scenes, they deserve something besides a few words on an obscure blog.