We are all teachers and used to work in a district that was short on cash, which is pretty much all districts at the moment. Our district was small and consisted mostly of high poverty, transient, urban students. We all found ways to provide for our students including grants, websites, and of course, our own money. We were fortunate enough to qualify to use the Donors Choose website. If you don't know anything about it, please do yourself a favor and check it out. The website matches classroom needs with donors who are looking to support educational efforts. There is a wide variety of projects to choose from, and you can donate based on location, teacher, or topic. If you choose to donate to any project/teacher, you have our heartfelt gratitude.
Sometime during the fall of 2013, Stephanie got us all together one morning before school started in Smoked Gouda's classroom under the pretense of having a baked goods breakfast. Baked Goods Breakfast was an honored tradition between us since the infamous day when we were the only school open in the entire county during a snowstorm. Knowing that we would have to trudge in to work that day, Habanero Cheddar (I think) made cupcakes to bring in for us, and we promptly starting eating them for breakfast before any of the 17 (approximately) students who were going to come trudge in through the snow (did I mention we taught in a walking district, ie. no busing?) arrived. Other teachers walked by her room that morning and asked us whose birthday it was, and we happily replied, "No one. We are just having cupcakes for breakfast because it sucks that we have to be here today." Thus, Baked Goods Breakfast was born.
On this particular Baked Good Breakfast, Stephanie was using the sugary goodness to butter us up as she pitched her idea of starting a Girls on the Run team at our school. After she went through the details of the program, it was virtually impossible for us to say no. We ended up coaching three seasons together before we scattered to other places and new jobs.
We love this program. The message it sends to girls is just so important, especially at their age. There are lots of ways to be involved in the program, from being a coach or running buddy to raising money for the organization through their SoleMate program. Please take some time off from reading really bad running blogs and check them out.
Our Favorite Wineries
Our ever expanding list of places that make yummy wine
Buck Creek Winery: Yes, they are located in Indiana, a state more known for corn and basketball than wine. And yes, they have only been open since 2006. But they are really good at making wine, especially sweet/dessert types. They are also really good at making wine from other fruits like strawberries, cherries, and blackberries.
Vinoklet Winery: One of our local wineries. Several of us have been there. Some of us are still waiting for the opportunity to go. One of the more unique things about this place is that you get to grill your own food at the restaurant.
Henke Winery: Another of our local spots that not all of us have found the time to enjoy yet.
Marty's Hops and Vines: Not a winery, but since opening, it became one of our favorite spots to get together after work. I'm pretty sure we even had a mini baby shower there for Habanero Cheddar.