Sometimes when I say I'm a high school teacher, people respond by sighing and saying: "Well, I don't know how you do it," and then often say something about how I must be a saint to deal with today's teenagers. I usually just smile and say: "I really love my job. I really do."
The truth is, even I am surprised how much I love and am impressed by my students. I mean, I have some stellar kids. I could tell you about so many of them, how smart and witty they are and what impressive things they do. The old cliche about teaching (I learn way more from my students than they do from me) is so true. Today I'm going to tell you about two of my girls who graduated last year and the projects they are involved in to better the world. They are both raising money for important issues and they are such remarkable kids, that I wanted to help them spread the word.
First, meet Abby.
Now Abby is a freshman at Colby College and she is volunteering as a fellow for the Community Water Solutions in Ghana this June.
What makes the CWS idea new and innovative is that CWS implements for-profit water businesses that are owned and operated by the communities CWS serves and use low-cost local technologies. This combination empowers people in rural areas to take control of their own water quality. As a result, CWS is uniquely positioned to provide a sustainable source of safe drinking water in rural areas. For three weeks this June, Abby will be working in northern Ghana along with 25 other fellows, where she will be responsible for implementing a CWS water business in a new village.
If you are inspired to help Abby, donations can be made on her fundraising website or checks can be made out to Community Water Solutions (with Abby Lebowitz written in the "memo" portion) and sent to:
That is so Holly. Instead of complaining about Crohn's, she educates and fundraises for Crohn's.
Holly is an education major at University of Maine at Farmington, and aside from having a great first year at college, she was funded on an amazing trip this Spring when she joined a group called IDEAS (Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society)to hike the Inca Trail in Peru. The idea behind this group is to spread awareness about Intestinal Diseases through travel and adventure. Their motto is "Changing attitude with altitude." You can read more about Holly's incredible trip here.