A friend and I have started a nonprofit organization called “Smile for School” that provides kids in Algeria, Jordan and other countries soon inshallah with supplies, resources, and the inspiration to make the most out of their education.
If you would like to learn more about Smile for School or would even like to donate, please visit smileforschool.org
Alhamdulilah we’ve already been able to help 37 families, most in Oran, and we plan on helping many more inshallah.
The pictures above are just a few of kids we’ve helped and you can see how much it means to them.
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When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton
that his principal, “Ms. Lopez,” was the person who most influenced his life,
it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new
public school in one of Brooklyn’s most wretched communities. The posting on
Stanton’s wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral.
Lopez—not long before on the verge of quitting—found herself in the national
spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a
million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person
account of what it took to get to that moment.
Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn’t just a hallway inside
a typically underserved public school in one of New York City’s most
underprivileged communities—it is a school that glows with energy and
excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they’re extraordinary and that
she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: “Would I have been proud to see
what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?” She tells her
teachers: “Don’t tell me our scholars can’t learn; because if you can’t teach
them, then I’ll come teach your class for a couple of weeks.”
The Bridge to Brilliance is a book filled with common sense and caring that
will carry her message to classrooms far from Brooklyn. As she says, modestly,
“There are hundreds of Ms. Lopezes around this country doing good work for
kids. This honors all of them.”
Hello everybody! Im Sara and I’m the proud owner of this new studyblr. I made this blog 3ish weeks ago and I’m finally going to start making original posts so I thought I’d introduce myself to you!
Im Sara. Im a first year at uni. My fav bands are The Beatles, The Strokes, The Kinks, Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Two Door Cinema Club, Pink Floyd, Phoenix, The Rolling Stones etc. My fav colour is grey. My fav studyblr’s are @ohnostudying, @reviseordie @tbhstudying, @adecadoubledecker, @elkstudies and @nehrdist!
In the morning, a child came to show me his first wobbly tooth. It was slightly wobbly. Later that day, we had Show and Tell. He stood up and proudly said “for my show and tell I am going to pull my tooth out”. I thought he was joking, of course, but before I could react, he yanked his tooth out, spattering blood all over himself and the children next to him. THERE WAS SUCH A HUGE HOLE IN HIS MOUTH. It’s the first time I’ve nearly sworn in front of children. Everyone sort of sat there in shock. I still feel sick now. Ew.
If anyone is worried about finishing highschool soon and not knowing what they wanna do just remember that I took a year off to work and save up to go backpacking and since then I’ve failed my first year so badly I had to move back in with my parents, changed my major three times, gone to two different colleges and two different universities, and now I’m in my fourth year of a degree that I LOVE and I’m a straight A student. You’ll figure it out along the way, friend.