Hi friends, a couple years ago, I participated in the first Mountain of Words write-a-thon for Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community. I’m very excited to have been asked to participate again this year. Here’s how it works: people sponsor me in any amount they choose (really, any little bit helps) and in return, I promise to get off my butt and work on that novel I’ve been putting off forever. All of the money raised by the sponsorships goes directly to AWITSC, an organization that links writers with children and their families and helps kids learn to love the written word, and to use their words to empower themselves.
As some of you may have guessed, reading what I often post here, I tend to use my words as a way to process things I’m dealing with, to let things out without losing my mind, and to share a little bit of myself with others who might need to feel less alone in what they’re going through. I think that’s a skill that’s so incredibly important for kids to learn, especially with all the challenges they face these days. This past summer, I had the chance to work with an awesome group of middle school students. One was a young lady who was a typical pre-teen (smarter and funnier than average, maybe), but had been through some things that many of her peers had not experienced. Over the course of a couple weeks, I watched her recognize her own strength as she wrote out some of things she had been feeling, but hadn’t found a way to process. Every day at work, I get to help a smart, sweet little boy discover the power of words, and to learn to love even the basics of language through word play and silliness (Mad Libs, seriously, they should be part of every language arts curriculum from first grade right up through high school). AWITSC does even more to help kids learn the power and joy of words, and I hope you’ll consider sponsoring me or sharing this post with others who might do so, so that they can continue. It’s just so incredibly important.
I don’t see a penny of this money. It all goes to AWITSC to help fund their programs. You can find out more by visiting ashevillewritersintheschools.org.
If you’d like to help, please click the link below and sponsor me for the generous amount you feel comfortable in giving—all donations are tax-deductible. I’ll be writing as much as I can for AWITSC between now and November 15. If you can’t contribute financially (I get it, I’m broke too), please share this post with others who might be interested. I promise this is the one and only time I’ll bug you here about it. If you’d like to write a check, please make it out to Asheville Writers in the Schools, mail to 347 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, NC 28805, and put my name in the memo line. Thanks, all. ❤
http://www.mountainofwords.org/april-fox.html <—- there’s the link. 🙂