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My First Weekly Giveaway Contest!!


Valentine Card Giveaway for Spreading Awareness of my Blog!!!

 This month one of my goals is that I wanted to increase awarness of my blog, readers and subscribers. I think that a subscriber is someone who comes every day or whenever I post. I can see when people are subscribed because they show up on my WordPress Dashboard from places like Google Reader. Having subscribers means having more regular readers. This is my goal because the more readers the better I make a difference. Just like the saying “The more the merrier!”

In order to spread awarness of my blog I am doing a Valentine Card giveaway contest!! On February 7th, I am planning to give away 5 handmade, blank Valentine Cards to 5 different winners! You only have to do ONE of these things in order to be entered to win:

  • Write a post encouraging your readers to visit my site and link to me.
  • Ask five people that you know (or more) to visit my site and show them how to get here. They need to leave a comment to let me know you sent them!
  • Post my blog badge on the sidebar of your blog.
  • Take part in a MEME that I will put up tomorrow and link back to me.
  • Vote for me at the Blogger’s Choice Awards!! I’m currently tied for first place!! Please help me to win for sure!! The more votes I get, the more people come see my site!
  • Twitter about me, like Dr. Mani and his friends did in the beginning! This really helped me a lot. Most of my first readers came from Twitter!

When you do any one of these things, just leave me a comment to let me know! I will be drawing five winners on February 7th and mailing the Valentines out that same night! You will have them in time for Valentine’s Day!! This is what they look like:



This Month’s Wrap Up

This month I have been making a difference by raising money for COTA and Ski4E, organizations that work to help children in need of liver transplants. Sadly though, it is the 31st and so it is time to wrap things up. I am going to move on and help support The Pajama Program, Project Linus and Project Snuggle in February. I am excited about doing this, but I really am sad that January is over.

This month I raised money for Ski4E, who is helping Piper Walnicki, a baby from our area who is about a year old. Piper needs a liver transplant. In fact, we received an email this week that stressed how hard Piper is fighting for her own little life right now. I would like to encourage everyone who reads this, one more time, to take part in helping out Ski4E as well! Kids like Piper really do all of our support.

So this month I raised money by collecting Dash’s Markets receipts and bottles. I also made some money by going on penny hunts at my house. I want to give a big thank you to the Valenzuelas, the Marchiole family, and Mrs. Valenti for helping my mom out by collecting all of the money during last week’s dress down day at Erie 1 Boces. With all of these people participating, I raised a total of $538.54!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In just three weeks!!!!!! I will be sending a money order to COTA as well as all of the receipts in the next few days! If you look at my sidebar, you will see who my biggest donors and supporters have been this month!






Support the Sharing Foundation and Win a Prize!

We had the day off from school today because we are having a huge wind storm! The wind gusts are over 80 mph! We lost our power early this morning, and so we went over to our friend Kristen’s house, where we spent the morning stamping Valentine’s Day cards. I made a whole bunch of these using Stampin’ Up products, which are really nice.


Since today is the last day of the America’s Giving Challenge, I’ve decided to hold a giveaway contest because I am really hoping that the Sharing Foundation will win. You can read more about all of this here. The Sharing Foundation will be using this prize to serve orphaned children who live in Cambodia.

I would like to encourage everyone to make a tiny $10.00 at this site to support the Sharing Foundation within the next 24 hours! If you are able to do this, please leave a comment here for me! Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing, and if you win, I will send you five of the handmade Valentine’s Day cards that I made this morning. They are blank and very nicely made, so you can give them to your friends and people you love. They also come with envelopes too. Here are the kinds you will be able to pick from:





Please consider helping the Sharing Foundation by making a small $10 donation today! And make sure you come back tomorrow! I will be announcing the total amount raised for Ski4E this month and discussing other giveaways which will continue tomorrow and over the next two weeks!

Help the Sharing Foundation Win the America’s Giving Challenge

Mr. Carr has been encouraging people to support the Sharing Foundation as they try to win The America’s Giving Challenge. If the Sharing Foundation wins, they will receive $50,000 dollars which will be used to change many lives! Right now, they are in second place! Please consider going here and making a ten dollar donation.

Very Much to Say Today!!!!! :)

Today is an exciting day!! I have a lot of people to thank, and I will be announcing the winners of this month’s contest! For the last twenty five days, I have been supporting Ski4E and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. Many people have donated Dash’s register tapes, bottles, and change to my efforts. Erie 1 BOCES even had a dress down day today to help raise funds too! Tonight, I will be announcing this month’s winners. These are people who did the most to make a difference this month along with me. They are each winning iTunes gift cards!

First I would like to give a HUGE thank you to my mom and everyone at Erie 1 BOCES for supporting Ski4E by holding a dress down day today. They raised $125.00 for Ski4E just with one dress down day! 

 Second, I want to get a BIG drumroll for this months winners!!! They are…..

Kristen, Carmen and Maddie Marchiole!! Kristen, Carmen and Maddie made a GINORMOUS difference this month by giving me TONS of bottles to recycle! They donated about $40.00 in bottles! THANK YOU!!! You are getting a gift card AND you are being named as donors along with me when I make my donation to Ski4E and COTA next week.

The Valenzuelas have also won!! They made a HUGE difference this month too! They donated about $25.00 worth of bottles and some register tapes too!! THANK YOU!!They will also be getting a $15.00 iTunes gift card and they will also be named as donors when I make my donation to Ski4E!

Now that my first twenty five day challenge of 2008 is over, you might be wondering what I will be doing with this last week of the month! Well, I am going to be improving my blog and I WOULD LIKE YOU TO HELP ME! I would like all kinds of advice about how I might improve my pages, my sidebar….everything! My dad thinks my site has too many words, and I agree. I also want to make my blog easier for people to use so that they will support my causes more.

I have a goal for next month! It is to get more readers and more support! Do you have advice for how I can do this?

I am also really really eager to do a classroom challenge again! Any ideas for how I might be able to get classes from all over involved in supporting my causes for next month? They are THE PAJAMA PROGRAM, PROJECT LINUS, and PROJECT SNUGGLE. I will be writing more about these causes during this week.

This month, I gave away iTunes cards. Was this a good idea or do you think more people might participate if I went back to doing a charitable donation like I did in December? Or should I do something else to encourage participation?

Please leave a comment or send me an email with any or all of your ideas!!!!

Prizes Prizes Prizes!!!!

At the end of this month, I will be giving away two $15.00 iTunes gift cards to the two people or groups who have helped me make the most difference for Ski4E and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association this month. In addition to this, I will be naming these people as donors along with me when I make my personal donation to this organization this month!

I hope that this will inspire lots of you to donate to their fund directly, or donate Dash’s receipts or recyclable bottles to me! You can also hold a dress down day in your office if you want, like Erie 1 BOCES is!

Please remember to email me or leave a comment if I am not aware of what you have done to help Ski4E or COTA this month! Everyone who has helped is listed on my participants page.

I will be blogging about Ski4E until January 25th and collecting register tapes, bottles, and donations until February 1st! I plan to spend the last week of this month getting ready to help several new causes in February and improving my blog. I will be looking for lots of feedback about how to make it better. My dad has some great ideas, and I want to know what you think I could be doing here too.

The Serving Kids Award


The Serving Kids Award was designed by me. I used Microsoft Paint to make it. I’m just learning to use it so I don’t really get fancy like Lynn Anne Cutler can. Each month I am going to give the Serving Kids Award  to 3 bloggers. Bloggers can win this award by doing 1 of 2 things :

  • The blogger can be a kid who is serving others  or the world.
  • The blogger can be an adult who is serving kids.

 I would like to give my badge to 3 people that serve kids by blogging. These people are…

NINA! My little sister who is writing stories about making a difference. She writes one page per day on her blog!!!

COCO! Coco made a blog about making a difference for a specail kid who live in poverty.

Mr.Pullen and his STUDENTS! Mr.Pullen inspired his students to make a blog about making a difference called Heart to Heart.

I would really like it if these people could:

  1. Put the badge on their blogs
  2. Pass the badge on to 3 other bloggers who deserve it! They can be adults whose blogs or work serve kids….or kids whose blogs or work serve others or the world!

You can get the HTML code HERE to make this badge clickable!

Have fun!