Friday Reminder

Well today is Friday the 18th. A week or so ago I mentioned that today is the deadline for all North Florida DEN members to turn in their certificate for completing the DEN Certification Module found under the>>professional development>>Interactive Training section. I have only a small handful of certificates. I’ll do the drawing tomorrow morning and announce the winner on Monday.

Carol, Tom and Michele from North Florida will be participating in a special Nationwide project: Making Change for Katrina. During this project they will be helping to raise money and create lesson plans based on Gulf Coast Hurricanes and Child Philanthropy. This project starts at the end of Change_1 August and will run for six weeks with the goal of encouraging classrooms to collect change to help build homes for Katrina victims. Discovery has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to raise the money for Katrina victims that are still homeless. This is an easy service learning project for students to participate in. Being a new Florida resident and someone who has lived through a hurricane (Hugo, 1989- eye of the Hurricane was right over my house in Shaw AFB, SC), this is a cause that I believe in. There is a wiki for those interested in getting involved found at .

Top_bannerDiscovery of course does not stop there. Premiering on Sunday, August 27, 2006 is a two-hour special "Surviving Katrina." The website has an incredible timeline that would be great to use in any class teaching about Hurricanes. It includes the stories of those who lived through this disaster.

We, as DEN members, can pull together and make a difference in someone’s life.  If you would like to participate please check out the wiki or e-mail me for more information. For those who plan to participate, there is a special webinar to get you familiar with the program. Details will be sent to those who sign up.

With all that, I don’t think we’ll do the tip today. I’ll save Brook’s tip for Monday. Have a great weekend, relax, turn in your events, catch a baseball game, grill hotdogs, or go catch the big one!


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  1. Tom Turner said:

    Having weathered the Triple Hurricanes in 2004 I knew when Betsy talked about it at National last month that this was something I could get into doing. I STRONGLY encourage all of you to take part in this if you can.

  2. Brook Peabody said:

    I am going to present this to my teachers and try to get some of them on board. It sounds like a great opportunity.

  3. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I need some more information but I am definetly on board. and want to pitch the idea to some of my teachers. Keep me posted!

  4. Michele Futch said:

    We are excited about helping out with “Making Change for Katrina.” My students knew a lot of family members and relatives who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina last year. They could not believe the devastation those areas experienced. We are looking forward to giving back!!!

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