service learning

let dan and phil make money without complaining 2k17

Day 4

I shouldn’t have asked. I should not have asked. 

But as I rang up the seventh family sized jar of mayonnaise, curiosity got the better of me. 

“So, what are you going to use all of this for?”

The fifty year-old woman before me smiled before leaning in with a conspiratorial whisper, “Wanna know a secret?”

“Sure,” I said, since I’m always interested in learning new recipes.

She smiled wider. “Mayonnaise is really good for your skin.”

I’m not sure if she meant eating the mayonnaise or not, but I lived with the mental image of lukewarm mayonnaise baths for the rest of the day nonetheless.

Ben Affleck gave a presentation to elementary school children in LA on Thursday (February 9, 2017) about his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative.

He was joined by his mother Chris Boldt, a retired public elementary school teacher, who gave a presentation on education in Uganda. 

The visit was organised by the non-profit organisation KidUnity, as part of their service learning and civic leadership programs.

Jennifer Garner gave a presentation to the group in January about her advocacy work with Save the Children.

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I know that it’s hard to contain yourselves when you see a cute, well behaved dog in a vest, working. But it’s SO IMPORTANT that service dogs are not distracted from their tasks. Yes, they are trained to ignore others but they’re not perfectly programmed robots. SO…when you see a service animal, and are overcome with the urge to outwardly emit your thoughts on how cute he or she is, do it how this lady just did to me:
Me and Hiro are walking one way, woman is walking past us, sees Hiro, has desire to comment, she LOOKS AT ME, and says, “that’s quite the handsome companion you have there” in a completely normal voice, and continues walking.

She was a human who loves seeing service dogs and had the urge to speak her thoughts out loud. She did so in an appropriate manner without disregarding my existence and being respectful to me and Hiro.

anonymous asked:

Any tips for moving out/going to university while being autistic?

It depends a lot on you, specifically, but ASAN has advice on specifically this:

My own advice is generally: Make lots and lots of scripts for introducing yourself, asking for help with academics, talking to the people at disability services, etc. Learn how to cook some basic, healthy-ish meals and keep stocked on the ingredients (You can do a lot with microwavable ramen, eggs, milk, and rice, and maybe some microwavable veggies). If you can’t do that, keep some kids multivitamins on hand for when you haven’t eaten anything but potato chips in days because the cafeteria doesn’t have anything you can eat. Buy paper goods in bulk. Make friends at the school online before you actually get there, because those people will translate into irl acquaintances and socializing online is less difficult. Invest in cheap stim toys, and keep them with you every time you go out. Make lists of basic self-care questions (Am I thirsty? Am I over-stimulated etc.) and set alarms to go through them at least once a day. Make use of scholarships and such for disabled students.

Here’s a decent resource list:

-mod Ari

thingsthatgoround919  asked:

"The seven people who run this blog are dedicated to doing everything we can do to educate all those ready and willing to learn about Service Dogs." Yeah, whatever, my dude. We asked actual professional trainers; mistake to ask keyboard warriors from tumblr.

You do realize that 2/7 are Actual Professional Trainers ™, 1/7 is in a dedicated internship to become an Actual Professional Trainer ™, and the rest are working with Actual Professional Trainers ™, right?

Your snark is not appreciated, especially not coming out from left field when we have not interacted with anyone with your username. If you’re upset about something specific, you can discuss this politely with us or you can find yourself blocked if you continue to bring malicious asks to our box.


((Well, this is an improvement from my last job hunt, first application I put in last night and I got a call back today :’)


Stop it.

When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm—stop it!

My Winterim Study Abroad

My name is Lynnea Lee and I am a sophomore at UWEC. I have always wanted to study abroad! After looking into different programs at Eau Claire, I decided that I wanted to go on the Guatemala trip. I chose Guatemala because it was during winter break, two weeks long, the most affordable, and I really wanted to go to a Latin country. This program also focused on really getting yourself immersed in the culture and service learning; this program was basically perfect! I am so glad that I chose this program because I had such an amazing experience.

For the first few days of the trip, we stayed with a non-profit organization called De La Gente. They work with small-holder, local coffee farmers and cooperatives in Guatemala. They help improve the quality of life for families and communities by giving economic opportunities. They create direct connections with the buyers and farmers. Usually, farmers get paid the least out of everyone (exporters, shippers, roasters, and retailers). De la Gente is able to cut out the “middle-men” and allows the farmers to get paid more. The money is no longer split up and now goes directly to the farmer. This improves their income. They also help the cooperatives with farming techniques, financial stuff, etc. Another thing that De la Gente has are community tours (such as a coffee tour) and group trips (which is what we went on). These tours and trips they host allows the community to improve their income and also allows travelers (like us) to get to know Guatemala, the people, and the culture better.

During our first few days with De la Gente, we explored Antigua, worked with coffee farmers, hiked an active volcano, and got to do artisan workshops. Antigua is such a bright, beautiful place. We visited some ruins and Cerro La Cruz. It was also fun working with the coffee farmers. We got to learn about farming, pick some coffee on their farms, and learn how to grind and roast coffee. You don’t realize how much work gets put into producing coffee until you actually experience it firsthand. They hire some people to help on their farms. These people usually pick for 8 hours a day and pick about 100-150 pounds and get paid 60 quetzals ($8) for the day. It also takes 3 years for a coffee plant to start harvesting. We also ate lunch at the coffee farmer’s house. We had a delicious meal and got to converse with his family. 

We also hiked Pacaya, an active volcano. It took us about 4 hours total. You could either ride a horse up or hike. We all decided to hike and got walking sticks for 10 quetzals (about $1). We ate lunch on the volcano and also roasted marshmallows from the hot lava that was beneath some of the cooled lava. There was also a lava store located on the side of the volcano that sold jewelry made out of lava! The view and whole experience was spectacular!

After our hike, we got to choose from three different artisan workshops. We could either learn how to make peanut butter, make coffee burlap bags (which I chose to do), or make a huipil bag (a bright bag made from traditional Guatemala woven fabrics). This was a great experience because we got to meet more local families and learn about their work.

We then went to San Lucas Tolimán and worked with the San Lucas Mission there. We stayed at a hotel down the street from the mission. San Lucas Mission has made a clinic, school, and a women’s center in the community. They also do construction projects (building homes or stoves) for people who live around the area. During our time here, we explored San Lucas and built stoves/homes.

We then did homestays where we stayed with ex-guerillas. They formed a community in Santa Anita called “Santa Anita la Unión”. They formed this community after the 36-year civil war between the people vs the government. The community has 32 families, two schools, a daycare center, a library, and a pharmacy. They all also grow bananas and coffee. During our time here, we got to know the families, did agricultural work, and also hiked to a waterfall. This experience allowed us to get closer to the community and understand more about the war.

We stayed with our host families for three days, two nights. After our time here, we went back to San Miguel Escobar to the De la Gente guesthouse. We only had a few days left. We did another workshop where we prepared the national dish, went to the market to get ingredients for one of our dinners, and did more coffee related things. We also went to Guatemala City to look at the dump. It is home to the largest dump in Central America, bringing in around 500 pounds of trash each day. People work in these dumps and take the trash home to repurpose or sell it. NONE of the trash is separated. All the hospital trash, chemical trash, recyclables, all go into the same trash and are brought to this dump. This is a poor quality of life because they are being exposed to so many hazardous things while working in this dump. It was really sad to see. We toured with Safe Passage which “brings hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families making their lives around the City’s garbage dump”. They have three education centers for children and for parents. They educate more than 500 children and more than 100 adults. I really suggest you look up Safe Passage to learn more! They are a great organization.  

Our last night, we celebrated Ginny and Rachel’s birthdays! We ate delicious cake and all hung out. It was sad to leave Guatemala because it really was becoming home to me. I learned so much through my experience and truly felt like I grew as a person. All of the people in my group were amazing. This trip was so great because it wasn’t the typical tourist vacation.  I really got to immerse myself in the culture and learn so many people from Guatemala. I highly suggest you all study abroad- somehow, someway. I know money can be tight but try to find a way. I was able to win a scholarship that covered half of my trip expenses – this trip ended up costing me only $500 to go on! The $500 covered the flight, housing, and all of the meals. All of the meals were home-cooked, too! Look for scholarships, fundraise, do something. Later in life, you may have the money to go abroad but you might not have the time. We have so much time to explore right now – so take advantage!

- Lynnea

tomorrow i have to do all the things i’ve been putting off…. :(
-send emails about the lab results
-brainstorm lab proposal w group
-entire chapter of spanish assignments
-spanish practice exam
-chapters 45/46/47 for bio
-go over all labs/make sure lab notebook is good for the practical
-text back everyone ive been ignoring
-service learning application
-post background article references

How My 4th Graders Raised More Than $1,100 For Foster Children

One of my personal teacher goals this year was to do a service project with my fourth graders.  I wanted to guide them to think about helping others and giving back.  I decided to do the project around Thanksgiving/Christmas, since it’s a time when kids are normally thinking just about themselves (and when we have a little more free time in our schedule!).

Rather than starting with the details of the fundraiser itself, I wanted my students to understand the purpose behind a fundraiser.  I started by asking my students “What needs do all people have?” and wrote down their replies.

We then discussed if everyone had all these needs met, and who had unmet needs.

In groups, students then made proposals for who they would want to help and what needs they could help people meet.

In my free time, I work with foster children through the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  I’d mentioned that to my students a few times throughout the year but wanted them to think of their own purpose.  To my surprise, more than half of the groups proposed we help local foster children.  Over the following weeks, I read the students some great books and we had discussions about what it means to be in foster care.

We then turned our focus to the details of the fundraiser.  Again, I wanted it to be really student-led, so I put them in charge of planning.  They decided to have a store in our classroom.  They wrote up a letter to send to all families, made presentations in classes, and spoke over the loudspeaker.  They also made posters to put up around the school:

Some with unfortunate spelling mistakes that we corrected:

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what kinds of things the kids would bring in to sell. Most of my students come from lower to lower-middle class families themselves, so I didn’t know if they would have much to give.  I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my students’ families.  We ended up with lots of toys, stuffed animals, books, and food.  One mom brought a giant pot of homemade Posole on the city bus.  On the second day we had nearly sold out of everything and a few families made last-minute trips to the store to restock our food.

Because we were selling mostly to other students who carry around very little money, we priced everything very cheaply.  My students were champs at running the store and became really good at handling and counting money. Moreover, I was a proud teacher as I listened in to them explain to our “customers” about our cause.

I thought we would make maybe $100 and the kids would have a good experience and learn about giving back.  Well, I underestimated how quickly $0.50 purchases can add up.  When we counted our money the first day (and had a great math lesson in the process!), we had made over $400.  After our second and final day of selling, we had made $1,040.20!  A few days later, we got an additional $100 donation from a school board member, bringing our grand total to $1,140.20!

After totaling up our money and closing up shop, I put the kids in charge of deciding which organizations to donate to.  We did internet research about local organizations who serve foster children and then had a class discussion about which to give to.  I was really surprised by their maturity: I thought they would want to give to organizations that provided things like cakes and toys to foster kids, but they decided that those aren’t kids’ greatest needs, and chose to give to groups that help older foster kids transition into adulthood and provide mental health services to foster kids.

Together, we wrote emails to the organizations and sent in our donations.  We’ve already gotten some great responses, which has been fun for the kids to see.

Overall, the fundraiser was an amazing experience for us all.  My students were SO proud of themselves and empowered. It was a perfect way to make those few weeks before break really meaningful.  I can’t wait to do it again next year, and I would totally recommend it to other teachers!