Friday, December 8, 2017

ASAP - Mile 52

With this batch, we have delivered 70 pairs of new shoes this year!
A Shoe Adoption Project Update - We have a new partner in the Heritage Group Homes program. My friend Deonne is a therapist who works closely with the boys and girls in these group homes.  I delivered the shoes to her Friday afternoon. We are sending five pairs of shoes to the Valinda, Whittier, and La Verne locations. By the way, Deonne spent all day on Thanksgiving preparing dinner for her group home youngsters. She told me that the entire meal was made from scratch, and with love I'm sure. Thank you also to my running pal, David L., for connecting me with Deonne!

Nike Flex Experience 4 GS (Size M7)

Adidas Energy Cloud V (Size W8.5) - Thanks, Eloise!

Nike Core Motion TR 2 (Size W9)

ASICS Stormer (Size M9)

OneMix Tesla 630 (Size W8.5) - Thanks, Michelle H.!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time of Giving 2017

Our classroom is collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste for local families who are less fortunate. Give what you can, contributions can be made to Bonita High School by December 15th. One of my students, Robert, had a great sense of humor and asked if we are only collecting new toothbrushes. Yes. New toothbrushes only please.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ASAP - Mile 51

Thank you, Grace and Lauren, for your donation to this shoe charity. You are both too kind. Grace is an awesome runner with an even more awesome selfie game, don't challenge her selfie skills. I strive to use their contributions to deliver more shoes to children in need during the holiday season. This project uses 100% of any donations received directly to the children. More to follow.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ASAP - Mile 50

A Shoe Adoption Project Update - We delivered the three pairs of shoes to Upland's Foothill Family Shelter this afternoon (They are closed on Mondays). These shoes go to a family with children ages 8, 9, and 13. To date, we have donated 22 pairs to this shelter.

Also, I just saw this post by FFS about 4 months ago. I'm happy to keep delivering to this shelter.

Monday, December 4, 2017

ASAP - Mile 49

A huge thank you to my friends Eloise, Lap, and Ethan (who loves fire trucks) for their donation. These shoes may be the highest quality of shoes that this charity has the privilege of giving. I am so very grateful and will work hard to find the shoes fitting homes. Eloise also connected me with her friend who is a social service clinician for the Orange County Department of Education. This friend works closely with homeless, foster, and at-risk children. More to follow. 

Adidas Mana Bounce (Size W7.0)

Reebok Yourflex Train (Size M10.5)

Adidas Energy Cloud V (Size W8.5)

Reebok Yourflex Train (Size 9.0)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

ASAP - Mile 48

A Shoe Adoption Project Update: Our next batch of shoes will once again go to Upland's Family Foothill Shelter. Thanks to Lead Case Manager Shauna for corresponding the sizes. We are sending shoes to a family with a 13 year-old boy, a 9 year-old boy, and an 8 year-old girl. I strive to make the delivery early next week. These shoes will help bring the family a warmer holiday season during their difficult times. Thank you to the donors, supporters, and friends of this charity project.

LA Gear Kick It II (Size 3 for 8 year-old Natalie)
Fila Armitage 2 (Size 4.5 for 9 year-old Angel)
New Balance Course (Size 10 for 13 year-old Christian)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Improv Comedy 2017

I performed in the Improv Comedy Show on Friday night. This was the first show where teachers also served as improv comedians. We had two teams of four teachers for each half of the show, during which we played the student improv teams. It was completely out of my comfort zone. I practiced the games and learned the rules with talented improv students during a couple of afternoons. I was lucky to be on a team with three other talented teachers. We played "What are you doing?", "Good, Bad, Worst", "Superheroes", and "World's Worst". I survived. There were over 150 people in the audience. We all had a great time.

Cool pocket protectors
The teacher teams - we formed two teams of four for each half.

I don't know why I was the captain. I'm lucky to have talented teammates.
There were over 150 audience members.
Add improv comedy to my job description
Thank you, Mrs. Cockrell, for the video clips: