As of today, this blog is a teenager. Thirteen years ago today, January 25, 2005, I started blogging at huffenglish.com. I always post on my blog anniversary, and usually, I share some statistics, but I’m not going to do that today.
Instead, I’m going to ask for your help. If you have found this blog useful, and you want to pay it forward, I support these organizations and would be happy if you would support them, too.
As my husband increasingly needs to use our home desktop for his own writing, I found that I did not have enough time to work effectively from home or to pursue my various interests. I am not faulting my husband — in fact , it is precisely because I wanted to be supportive and encouraging of his burgeoning career as a journalist that I curtailed my computer use at home. I decided the only thing to do was to save money for a laptop, and I also decided that if this blog or any other information I had provided had been useful, perhaps donors would be interested in helping me save. I have been sitting on this announcement because I haven’t really set any balls in motion yet, but it is my intention to apply to go back to school and earn an masters in Instructional Technology. Therefore, it became more necessary than ever that I have a computer, preferably a laptop, in order to pursue my studies.
Several people made generous contributions, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them. However, a reader of my husband’s work, Betsy, had a laptop she no longer used and decided to donate it to me. I am now the proud owner of an Apple iBook G3. I believe that this laptop will enable me to do anything I might need to do for school, and it was always my hope that I might indeed be able to purchase an Apple with my savings. I had a website that sold used Apples bookmarked, and I had been saving with the goal of purchasing a used Apple — more affordable to me than a new one — from this seller. However, Betsy’s generous donation made all of that unnecessary. Therefore, I would like to tell those of you who donated towards my laptop savings that you have two options: 1) allow me to use your donation for other items I need for my classroom (supplies, decorations, etc.), or 2) request a refund for your donation. If you donated, and I do not hear from you, I will assume it is OK to apply your donation to other classroom needs.
I want to highlight a website called DonorsChoose.org. If you are like Betsy, and you have an item you no longer use and wish to donate for educational purposes, please check out this site. You may find a teacher who needs exactly what you have, and you can be helping not just that teacher, but also his or her students with your donation. You can also choose to contribute funds towards purchasing the items the teachers need. Your gifts are tax-deductible. You can also look for teachers in your state so you know your gifts will benefit students close to home. Please check out their site for more information. I would have used the site to request help, but it is limited to public school teachers at this time, and I am currently teaching in a private school.
Thanks again, Betsy for your generosity. I can’t wait to get to work!
I have begun saving for a new laptop, as I cannot find any teacher laptop initiatives at the current time. Until I have saved enough money to purchase a laptop, you will see a link at the bottom of my posts. If the spirit moves you, you can follow the link to help me save for a new laptop. By no means should you feel obligated to help, even if you have downloaded one of my free handouts or used free lesson plans. If I wanted to make this site a paid-content site or if I wanted to raise money through advertising, I would have done so by now. I haven’t ruled out offering exclusive content for a small fee, but that is some time down the road. A new link also appears in the sidebar to a page detailing the reasons why I am interested in buying a new laptop.
Thanks for reading. I am always amazed by the feedback I receive from my readers, and I truly appreciate being part of the edublogger community.