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Thank You!

Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference started sixteen months ago. When I started my blog, I didn’t expect anyone other than my family to read it. It’s been amazing to me that so many people have read and helped to support the charities that I like. I’ve learned that I really love doing service work, and I plan to continue doing that. I also like using technology in different ways, and I plan to do that too. I’m taking a break from blogging here though, for now. The attention that I’ve gotten for doing this has been a big surprise. I have really enjoyed blogging here, but my family and friends know that I was hoping to find a bigger group of people to focus on service work with, so I was part of a group and not just doing things on my own. I’m really thankful for the help everyone has given me here. I will miss doing this!

I’m very excited because JJenny Luca has started an online community for students and teachers who are making a difference. I hope you will think about joining that bigger community and sharing what you do to make a difference. I plan to!

Thank You for Spreading the Word!

I want to thank everyone for participating in my blog carnival! I began reading all of your posts last night. I’m going to finish and leave comments for everyone tonight! I hope that everyone will visit the comments section of my post from yesterday. You can see who participated and follow the links back to their blogs too. This morning, I drew the name of the winner of the Flip Video Camera! I did this by drawing names of bloggers out of a bowl to keep it fair. My mom recorded it so everyone could see. I will need the winner to email your address to twentyfivedays@gmail.com! Your camera is on its way!

Announcing a Great Prize for the Blog Carnival!

As many of you know, I will be doing a blog carnival on 3.31.09. This weekend my mom and I started to think about the prize thatI will be giving away. This morning, Woot was running a really good deal on the Flip Video Camera. I have enough money saved up in bottle returns from this winter to pay for this camera, and so my mom and dad said I could get it and I WILL BE GIVING THIS CAMERA AWAY TO ONE LUCKY PERSON OR CLASSROOM WHO BLOGS TO SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD ON MARCH 31ST!!!!

Here are the rules for the carnival:

  • To be entered you MUST have at least one blog POST that focuses ending the use of the r-word.
  • Your post MUST be on how the r-word makes you feel, how you will help Spread the Word to End the Word, or have to do with the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
  • Your post MUST be entered on 3.31.09.
  • Once your post is up, please leave a comment here so that I know you are entered. It would be great if you could leave your name or the name of your class/school and a link to the post. I will create a new post on my blog that day with a list of all of the bloggers who have spread the word!
  • Everyone who posts and leaves their link here will be entered into a random drawing to win the Flip Video Camera! I will draw the name of the winner on April 1st!

If you have any questions, just let me know! Please spread the word about the carnival so lots of people will spread the word to end the word!

:-8) (guy with a moustache)

An Update for the Blog Carnival

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Soeren Palumbo is a teenager who has a sister with an intellectual disability. Sometimes, he hears people use the r-word, and he feels terrible about it. A while ago, Soeren made a speech to his class about all of this, and without knowing or trying, and it was spread all over the internet. Tim Shriver Jr. is a college student who was inspired by his grandma, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to help with the Special Olympics.  Tim and Sorean are friends, and they are very nice too. I got to get to know them both better when I was in Idaho. They were leaders of the Global Youth Summit, and they are heading up the Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign.

In my last post, I talked a little bit about one of the things that I plan to do to participate in this campaign. I’ll be doing a blog carnival. Lots of people have already told me they’d like to help out, and I”m really excited about this. As you get ready to do this, you might want to think about using some of the resources here to get more information and share it with others.

If you plan to take part in my blog carnival, make sure you visit my blog this week! I plan on explaining more about the rules and telling what the prize will be. I am going to do a random drawing of all those who participate. This is going to be fun! Let me know if you plan to do this. Thanks!

A Blog Carnival for Spread the Word to End the Word

On March 31, 2009, it will be Spread the Word to End the Word day for the Special Olympics. Spread the Word to End the word is trying to get kids and adults to STOP saying the r-word. The Special Olymics has asked me to help out with it and I am deciding to host a blog carnival.

A blog carnival is where there is a specific topic that people blog about on a certain day. Then, the host links back to those posts, sort of  like booths at a carnival. I will be hosting a blog carnival on 3-31-09. So, I am asking you  to blog  about the r-word on March 31, 2009. If you do this, I will link back to you here. I also plan on giving away a prize by doing a random drawing.

I’d like advice about making my blog carnival more successful. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comment section or email them to me. In addition, I will be having some games because when I think carnival I think games so, if you know of any charity games, please think about sharing the links with me.

Thank You!!!!!!

Today I read a comment from Chocbonbonbella from room5weblog.blogspot.com. They asked

“But what if  someone IS retarded and you call that person that, and they take it the wrong way? Not saying retarded is really hard for all my friends and I.”

I commented back, but I thought that it was an intresting topic. What IF someone has an intellectual disability? Is it right to call them retarded?

I don’t think that you should because mental retardation is a condition. In my reply I said that if someone is diabetic you don’t call them by their condition,  you call them by their name. It’s the same with people with intellectual disabilities. I don’t think you should call anyone by anything other than their name. Also, unless any person invites you to talk about their condition, you shouldn’t talk about it. It would be disrespectful to do that.

Bar The R-Word

Last week, I was in Idaho at the Special Olympics Youth Activation Summit. Well, when I was there, we talked a lot about how people use the word “retard” in really insensitive ways. We talked about how it effects other people, how much it hurts, and most important, how to STOP this from happening.

The r-word hurts. Even though many people are trying to keep others from saying it, it’s a big part of many kids’ vocabulary. I remember when we did our first session on trying to stop it from spreading, a man in our group said that it’s set in stone in our minds, and that some people say it without even trying to. I think that this is true, but horrible. I don’t think that it has to be, it just is.

We also talked about how the r-word is supposed to be for doctors to use. That’s how it was developed. It’s not acceptable that we turned something for medical uses into something that is an insult.

The Special Olympics’ site is raising awareness by asking others to make videos, write songs, or speak to others about the r-word. These are a couple  videos I liked. In the next few weeks, I’m going to be doing some work to “curb the word” as my friend Noah’s mom says. I’ll let you know what I’m up to as I plan. In the meantime, tell me what you think kids can do to prevent others from using this word in such a negative way.

THE NEW R-WORD IS RESPECT!!

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