It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
The Chalkboard Shop!
It’s a fun, pop-up workstation for kids to play and design their own chalkboard magnets.
As I’ve mentioned before, in Italy I’ll have the chance to start a company. The Chalkboard Shop reflects the type of work I’d like to do with that company. It’s nice getting started on this now and feeling out what works and what doesn’t, especially since it may take me a few years to raise 3 million pennies. However, I’ve always believed that acting in the present is better than waiting for the future.
Huge thanks to Rachael at MadameNoir.com (one of my favorite blogs!) for helping me spread the word about my penny project! Please share :)
When I found BlackGirlTravel.com, I felt like I found an instant group of girlfriends. It was like that feeling of relief you experience when you’re starting a new school or job, and you find a group of really cool people with whom you share lots in common. It’s super satisfying.
Well, I found the site while researching race relations in Italy. I had a few questions about how women of color and Americans are regarded in Italy. Many of my questions were answered by articles written by the site’s founder, Fleace Weaver. As I kept reading, I fell in love with the mission of her company, part of which is to expose “Black women to the beauty of the world and the world to the beauty of Black women.”
BlackGirlTravel.com tours don’t just help black women, they also impact entire communities; many of the tours incorporate volunteering. As part of the “Sistahs Without Borders” program, travellers donate books and volunteer at orphanages. This allows the ladies to “not only enjoy the rich culture of the countries visited but also come away having had meaningful and authentic exchanges with local communities.”
E C C E L L E N T E!
Approaching a QUARTER OF A MILLION pennies, guys!!!
Interview with The IND!
Here’s the latest article about my penny drive written by the very talented, Lyndsy Bradley! I’m really excited about this article because I love the Independent and because I’m a fan of Lyndsy’s writing. Can’t wait to read more of her work :)
It was nice talking about the status of the drive and my plans to develop “Pennies for Schools,” a company to benefit under-performing Louisiana public schools. Check out Lyndsy’s article for details and please share.
Are you concerned about the performance of Louisiana’s public schools?
Do you enjoy writing letters to friends and family?
Do you like making people smile?
Then you should join Education Advocates of Acadiana, a creative team seeking small ways to intrinsically motivate students! It’s free and is a great way to give back.
Sign up here: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/edadvocates
++ Featuring customized chalkboard magnets, mugs and menu boards ++
For Christmas last year, I made custom chalkboard gifts for my family and friends–mugs, wine trays and menu boards. I was inspired by gifts ideas on Pinterest, and decided to give it a shot. Well, the gifts were a HIT and I had tons of paint left over so I decided to put it to good use! I decided to make mini chalkboard refrigerator magnets and drinking mugs for you all.
What I love about chalkboards is that you can always erase and re-write a new message, a new future for yourself.
Feel free to check out the shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/penniesforschools). Write, erase, re-write away!
Pennies for Schools Chalkboard Shop