Laura is a great example of a student who has much to teach us. Her work is also a great example of the power of the Read/Write web. Laura is able to reach out to the world to put her heart into action and positively affect thousands of people. As educators it should be our common mission to see that more and more students AND adults, follow the path that Laura has so beautifully lit for us. – pete
“Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference” is authored by an 11-year-old girl named Laura (with the help of her mother). She is a fifth grade student who blogs in memory of her grandfather, who lost his battle with brain cancer. Laura began her blog on December 1st of 2007, doing simple good deeds and writing about them, hoping that she would inspire a handful of others to do the same during the 25 days before Christmas. She wound up with 18,000 visitors in one month, with dozens of people participating, and generated over 800 dollars in charitable donations in just three weeks. One classroom of winners won a web-conference with two NASA scientists, who donated their time when they saw Laura’s site. All of this has been incredibly shocking and rewarding beyond belief. Laura did not expect any of this to happen–she is very new to blogging, but loving every minute of it now.” – IZEA Blog
Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference
is a Service Project Dedicated to:
My Grandpa, Al Stockman
Albert Stockman was my grandpa. He loved helping other people, and he believed that everybody could make the world a better place, not just by doing big things, but by doing small things too! My grandpa once told me that I was a leader. Even though he called me “Lit-tle Laura”, he made me feel big and strong inside.
In 2005, my grandpa got very sick. He was only in his sixties, and he was very happy and healthy before then. I was sad and scared when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died only five months later. I was very, very sad when he died, and I felt lonely. My grandpa would not have wanted this though.
In December of 2007, I decided that the best way to remember my grandpa during the holiday season would be by living my life like he did, by making a difference and being a leader. I decided to honor my grandfather’s memory by trying to make a difference every day for twenty five days. I wanted to be able to do little things, like kids my age typically do, instead of HUGE things that are sometimes hard for kids like me. I decided to write about my adventures here, and I also created a challenge.
I challenged everyone who read my blog to TRY to do something every single day during the holiday season to make a SMALL difference in his or her world. I explained that whoever made the “most difference” in December would win a $25.00 donation to the charity of his or her choice on Christmas night. I SAVED ALL OF MY ALLOWANCE ($25) FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, AND I WAS REALLY SURPRISED AND EXCITED WHEN SEVERAL PEOPLE GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH MY DONATION (OR MORE)!
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher from Starpoint
Kristen and Carmen and Maddie Marchiole
Mrs. Genovese-Scullion and Billy
Dr. Sheila Cason
The Aroune Family
Joanne from Western New York
Mark, Maggie, and Christopher Stockman
Susan from Toddler Planet
RIGHT AFTER THIS FIRST CHALLENGE WAS OVER, I DECIDED TO TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ALL YEAR ROUND!!
I decided that I wanted to spend 2008 supporting smaller causes in my area that may not get as much attention or support as bigger ones do. I also wanted to pick causes that all of my readers could support as well, even if they lived very far away.
Each new challenge begins on the 1st of each month and ends on the 25th. My family and I use the last week of every month to get ready for the month ahead. I am raising funds for my chosen causes by recycling bottles that people donate to me. I am also doing a lot of service work as well all month long. I work closely with people from these organizations, and I get good ideas from them about how to help them best!
More than anything else, I want to YOU to participate.
The individual who makes the most difference for my chosen cause each month will win a $20 donation to ANY CHARITY of his or her own choice!
The classroom, school, group, or organization who makes the most difference for my chosen cause each month will also win a $20 donation to ANY CHARITY of their choosing!
Make sure that you leave a comment or email me so that I know you are participating! If you have a family-friendly blog or website, I will also link back to you so that you get some more visitors!
I hope that this will encourage everyone to make a small difference with me throughout the year!