Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Go Jump in the Lake

When I'm not teaching...I'm usually planning for teaching! Not tonight. I took the 2014 Cold Water Challenge. When you have been challenged you can either pay $100 to your favorite charity OR go jump in a lake. When you live next to Lake Michigan, that was covered with ice just a few weeks ago, you jump in the lake AND make a donation to charity. I usually spend most of my time on the beach reading when I go to the lake. I'm quite content sticking a toe or two in on really hot days.

My charity of choice? Heifer International. Heifer International has been helping people help themselves out of poverty, hunger and despair for almost 70 years. In my classroom we are reading and feeding. With each AR quiz taken students count out change that matches the number of points earned from reading. We are trying to earn enough money to buy a flock of chickens...Of course.  That is one of the cool things about Heifer. Their catalog is filled with amazing farm animals, and projects that you can choose from to help people help themselves and to share with their community. Their Read to Feed program is a great way to get students to read to make a difference in another person's life. 
So, go jump in a lake, find a charity you are passionate about and make a difference!


  1. Holy Cats, Jen! I cannot believe you were head-to-toe in that water. Billy may be unhappy that you beat him in the first-in-the-water category.

  2. WOW!!! You are brave! I am like you and don't get in too often, but I do enjoy soaking up the sun! :) We donated to the Heifer Foundation last year during my daughter's CFP. :) What a great mission.
    Congrats! You are AMAZING!

  3. I don't do well with cold. You're amazing!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First


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