|Posted by Kathleen on January 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
If you have a moment today why not head over to the Huffington Post and read this great article about Peace First.
The Peace First Prize is now accepting new applications. If you know a young person working to create peace please take a moment to nominate them for this amazing prize.
|Posted by Kathleen on December 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
Tonight was a very special night. I went to the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego and delivered bears to the kids who are there. Kids at the Ronald McDonald House have a sibling who is sick in the hospital. It's hard to have a sick brother or sister and even harder to be away from home at the holidays. I hope these little bears help.
These bears are so soft and so cudly I know kids are going to love huggling with them tonight. Thank you to Cymer for donating the bears!!
|Posted by Kathleen on December 23, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
I forgot to take a picture but I wanted to say thank you to Liz Rodgers at Qualcomm for organizing a bear drive. We picked up the bears today and I was AMAZED at how big Qualcomm was....all the buildings we drove by seemed like they were Qualcomm offices. It could be it's own city. Thanks for thinking of my project!!!
|Posted by Kathleen on December 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
WOW Willow Grove!! Today we picked up a "beary" big box of stuffed animals.... Thank you to Laurie Norcross and the Student Council for organizing this bear drive.
|Posted by Kathleen on December 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Today, thanks to Councilman Kersey, is Jessica Carscadden Day in San Diego.
I was so happy to be able to go to the San Diego City Council and speak to them about my project.
I missed a little bit of school but my Principal; Mr. Olander came with me so I think it was OK. I was happy that so many people came to see me get the proclamation.
I didn’t get a picture with him, but even Chief Ester from the San Diego Fire Department was there and so was Katie Hunter from Chick-Fil-A. The biggest surprise was Mary Haviland was there!! Ms. Mary works at Cymer and she is a special friend.
Mr. Olander, Dad, Mom, Me, Mary Haviland
|Posted by Kathleen on December 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
My Dad works for a great company called Cymer. Cymer has been the lithography light source leader for over 25 years but even cooler than that they work hard to provide lots of volunteer opportunities for their employees.
This is the second year I have been able to help with food sorting with the Cymer team at the San Deigo Food Bank....140 people from Cymer came out to help tonight. If you want to get your kids involved in volunteering the local food bank is a great place to start. They have lots of jobs that a kid my age can help with.
|Posted by Kathleen on November 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
200 more bags delivered to San Deigo Police Northwest Division....
|Posted by Kathleen on November 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
What does the office of the San Diego Police Chief look like when filled with 200 bags of bears? A bit like this:
So this is the first of what will be 3 deliveries of bears. Why three….because we have learned that Mom Van only holds 200 bags of bears.
It is a very good day!!
|Posted by Kathleen on October 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.
This year Jessica decided to create a Make A Difference Day event to encourage young people to engage in a more hands on way in volunteerism. Today 60+ young people (and some less than young people) came together in two shifts to sort, tag, and bag bears for first responders.
This was such a fun event and we were so lucky to have some great sponsors and supporters. Chick-Fil-A provided a delicious lunch for all the volunteers as well as gift cards AND held a bear drive at the Carmel Mountain location. If you haven’t had a CFA chocolate chip cookie it is worth a special trip just to try. ClearBags.com provided all the bags for today’s event. Sprinkles Cupcakes donated the most delicious cupcakes on the planet and many community sponsors donated gift certificates as door prizes for the volunteers including Geppetto's Toy Store, Pei Wei Asian Bistro, Nature Box, and Brett’s BBQ.
Poway Unified School District, Dr. Collins, Michael Olander and Monterey Ridge PTA were all so supportive and instrumental in helping us by providing use of the multipurpose room at Monterey Ridge Elementary School.
Assemblymember Maienschein and Councilman Kersey came by to talk to donate bears and talk to the kids who were helping out and San Diego Police Chief Lansdowne came by as well. A few police officers even came by to talk to everyone and fill their cars with bags of bears.
The goal for this Make A Difference Day event was to create 500 bags of bears, one for every single police vehicle in San Diego. Thanks to the cooperative work of everyone involved not only was the goal achieved, but it was exceeded.
A special thank you to all the kids who volunteered from the Endeavour Academy, you guys ROCKED.
One day, 60 plus volunteers, 500 plus bags of bears and one great Make A Difference Day 2013