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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Perhaps I Did Not Make Clear...

This whole DonorsChoose Challenge thing? It's a contest. A CONTEST! There is a competition to see which bloggers can get the most donation money into the classrooms of innovative teachers and needy students across the US.

It's not clear to me what the prizes are. As far as I can tell, the prize is that you get to feel good about helping a whole lot of school kids. But this is clear:

* Tomato Nation raised over $100,000 last year in this month-long challenge. (She has over $18,000 in donations for this year -- two days in.)

* Finslippy is currently at the top of the mom bloggers leader board with nearly $2,500 at the time of this writing.

* My sister, the lovely and generous MIQuilter, has agreed to match the second $100 that you readers donate to the Mommy's Martini Literacy Challenge, after my $100 of matching funds is in the pot.

That $200 of matching money just sitting here, waiting for its mates.


For lack of donations.

Now, I have no illusions that my challenge page is going to beat Finslippy. (Though wouldn't it be cool if it could?)

But we are a team. We are a group of smart, thoughtful parents who know the value of a good education, who work on behalf of our own kids, and who don't have a lot of spare money growing on the trees in our front yards. I know that.

But I bet we have a lot of quarters rolling around under the couch cushions. Or in the cup holders or under the floor mats in the car.

And the thing is: while Finslippy is at the top of the leader board for mom blog donations, the Top Six donation challenge pages are far behind her. And page number six currently has donations of around $200.

Think about that for a minute.

MIQ and I have $200 between us. If, that is, you scrounge around under the bed and scoop up some loose change, and donate $5 or $10 or whatever you can spare to make us give it up. And if you do that? Our little donation page will be ON THE LEADER BOARD with $400 in donations.

I know this blog isn't big and famous. I know it doesn't get eleventy-three jillion hits a day. But I do know that the readers who come here, the commenters who have gotten to know each other here, are thoughtful, generous souls who really do care.

Here's what else I know: if you go to my Literacy Challenge page and make a donation, and if you spread the word to try to get more donations (email me if you'd be willing to put a small version of the widget in your sidebar), together we can make a real difference to kids who are right this very minute sitting in classrooms with no books to learn from.

So here's my promise to you: if, on Halloween day, October 31, the last day of this challenge, the Mommy's Martini Literacy Challenge page is on the leader board (happily sitting in last place there is just fine), I will do something absurd and hilarious and film it for you and put it on YouTube and here and everywhere mortifying I can find.

You get to choose what. Leave a suggestion in the comments for what I could do. Last year, the mastermind behind Tomato Nation promised her readers she'd spend an entire day dressed in a Tomato suit, at work, at lunch, on the subway, and dancing a jig in Rockefeller Center on film. And she did it. If she can do it, I can do it too.

But not a tomato suit. That's so last year.

Just tell me what you want from me. And then, if you can brown bag a lunch one day or roll up some spare change or whatever and donate, please do.

The children will thank you.


Nikki said...

Awesome! I'm gonna send you some link love later on since I blog about education issues on my blog from time to time as well.

Thanks for visiting me today. I have no clue how I have time or if I will have time for everything. I see the potential for something getting dropped but I don't know what yet. I do know that as Babyspot grows (and it will I just had a conversation about some changes coming with one of the owners), it will require more time. The good news is that I don't see it as work, it's fun and I'm enjoying it. We should all have jobs like that.

Steph said...

Does it take PayPal? Because I get these weird deposits in PayPal for like $2 or $1.50 from AOL (cheap bastards) for doing surveys. I'll be happy to donate the $6.50 that's in my PP account. :grin:

Also? I realize I could probably check for myself, but that would be, like, work and stuff. And yeah. It's ME. Work and stuff = opportunity for my ADD brain to be distracted and wind up buying $6.50 worth of Burt's Bees from some weird website.

OHmommy said...

Ok. Ok.... sometimes I need a good kick in the arse. I read your other post in the reader yesterday.

Ok. Off to donate. Promise you won't yell at me anymore?

Auds at Barking Mad said...

This has been on my to-do list for hours. Right up there with brushing my teeth. I am on my way into the loo to brush the chompers and then off to donate!

Thanks for posting this, I think it's a great thing!

Ree said...

Donation done my dear. And I'll link to you on Saturday when I do that Sharing thing, mkay?

IRISHKAT said...

I got info on this as well. It seems like a great cause! If you stop by tomorrow (Friday) I have a special something just for you!!

LceeL said...

I'll do what I can to help shortly. In the meantime, I can't believe I'm not even writing professionall yet and I'm already pissing off editors.

MommyTime said...

Oh, no no no! OHmommy and Lceel, I promise I'm not yelling but encouraging. I promise I'm not pissed. Just very passionate about this cause.

*pinky swear*

bejewell said...

I put in $10, but it didn't say anywhere that it would be credited to you, so I hope I did it right!!


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