Saturday, March 19, 2011

Angels Walk Among Us...


Not just heavenly angels, mind you, but everyday mortals who touch the lives of others in immeasurable ways. One such angel is right here with us, my dear friend Peggy, who blogs at Middle Age Ramblings.

If you look through her blog, you'll see what I mean. She's a wonderful friend to young Joseph and his mom, she visited Rwanda, donating cameras to the residents there, gave away hugs in New Zealand, and most recently gifted my classroom with a flip Video camera. Awesome, amazing, generous... that, my friend, is Peggy.

Peggy has a passion for life and a mission to make the world a better place any way she can. How absolutely wonderful it must be to live with such zest! Thanks to Peggy, my students will have opportunities to create short videos based on stories we read in class. No more read a story and answer questions. Instead, they will be able to act out parts, extend the story through acting, and do so many things we haven't had the opportunity to do before. Having the video camera right there in my classroom will make it easy and accessible. I can't wait to get started!

So, thank you Peggy. Thank you for caring about my 8th-grade students and for giving them something to smile about!

For those of you who are teachers and haven't heard about DonorsChoose, go.there.now! The site allows you to post projects that you would like to implement in your classroom. Donors from all over the world search for projects to support, make a contribution, and if all goes well, your project receives full funding. In addition to having friends and family contribute to my projects, I've had total strangers provide substantial gifts to help fund them. These gifts provided my classroom with an Elmo document camera, a laminator, and now a flip Video camera. With salary cuts and forced furlough days, I haven't been able to spend as much money on my clasroom. Thanks to DonorsChoose and people like Peggy, I've been able to use technology and create learning resources to help my students succeed.

** The photograph above is of Peggy while she was in Rwanda. Here, the children are watching themselves on video.

8 comments:

McMGrad89 said...

How exciting for you and your students. Yes, Peggy has quite the heart!

beth said...

in response to your post....he does look like me, but wait till you the other photos later this week of him with his sister and his dad.....then you can make your decision :)

miruspeg said...

Roban I feel very blessed to be in the position to give.
You have told me so much about your 8th grade students over the years and I know for a fact you 'go the extra mile' where your students are concerned, so my small gift is the least I can do to help you achieve your goals.
With love and great respect.
Peggy xxxx

Cinner said...

I think this is absolutely wonderful. Peggy sounds like an amazing woman, it is wonderful what you are doing for your 8th graders...they must see you as an angel too. hugs.

Relyn said...

This is wonderful, and inspiring, and tear making. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you.

susanna said...

We're lucky to have people like Peggy in our world, aren't we? I'm going to look up your link in a moment. It sounds like an inspiring website. Thank you for writing about Peggy and Donors Choose.

Roban said...

You're welcome Susanna! So glad you've been able to visit. It's fun sharing stories about people like Peggy!

Lisa Gioia-Acres said...

Peggy is my "friend" too, althought we only know one another through our blogs. I can tell from afar, however, she is an amazing, generous, sweet soul. So glad you hightlighted this beautiful woman.