One World Futbol Update

I wanted to send some notes to update everyone on the progress of our One World Futbol project:

– Thanks to all of the students from 4A for participating in this project. Your enthusiasm and effort were incredible. Big time props go to Gage, Kai, and Sam from 4B for contributing to this project in such a major way. These three generous boys held a joint birthday party and asked their friends to donate to our project rather than purchase gifts. Because of this selfless move, we were able to buy fourteenOne World Futbols to send to Haiti! Originally, we had a goal of buying two, so this helped us far exceed expectations.

– Ellie and I took the money we raised to OnPoint Community Credit Union and they were nice enough to give us a free cashier’s check made out to One World Futbol.

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– After sharing the check with the class…

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my daughter and I dropped our order off in the mailbox.

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– This morning, I received an email from One World Futbol informing me that they received our order and have sent two futbols to Colorado – to an old college friend of mine, Denny Bain, who will hand deliver them to Haiti this summer – and twelve futbols to Iowa – to my uncle Bill, who will give them to his church’s youth group to hand deliver them to Haiti this summer.

– Denny and Bill will be sending photos to document the delivery of the balls which I will post here. So make sure you check in from time to time to witness the journey of these balls.

– Thanks to everyone for their help in making this project happen, especially a very nice woman named Kassie at One World Futbol who exchanged a large quantity of helpful emails with me and helped coordinate this whole thing. Because of the effort of 4A, many kids in Haiti will enjoy countless soccer games, which is a very good feeling.

A Fun Video to Honor Earth Month

April is Earth month.  During this time, it is important to reflect on basic things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment.  To remind us of these things, I thought it would be fun to dig into my archives and pull out a video that was created to display these principles.

In 2007, All Saints became an Oregon Green School.  That year, we attended the Oregon Green Schools Summit in Salem and were asked to be one of three schools that participated in the Summit Showcase.  The All Saints Green Team got together and created this humorous video called The Transformation of All Saints: Becoming an Oregon Green School to show what our school was like before and after we became an Oregon Green School.  As you will see, we made some very simple, positive changes in our school.    Let this video remind you of the easy ways you can make a difference in reducing the waste in your environment as you enjoy this blast from the not so distant past.

The Transformation of All Saints: Becoming an Oregon Green School from Kevin Baumbach on Vimeo.

Notes:

* Special thanks to the students in this video who are now making a big difference as juniors in their local high schools.

* Notice how different my classroom looks prior to the construction of the computer lab and greenhouse that occurred that summer.