Saturday, December 6, 2014

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! - 12/6

It has been so long since I have written a celebration post, but I am ever so grateful to Ruth Ayres for inviting us to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week. 

Celebration one - special gifts.  This week I spent some time with a teacher friend from my previous school.  We went to the Scholastic Warehouse Sale (see celebration two) and spent the evening solving the world's education problems! She surprised me with a Christmas present.  The first one are magnetic Scrabble tiles which spell out my one little word - REACH.  The second one is my initial cut from an old book.  She knows me so well!

Celebration two - As stated in celebration one, I went to the Scholastic Warehouse sale this week.  All the books were 50% off, plus many were at a reduced price.  Teaching 6th grade for the first time, I needed to stock my library with books for that age group.  It was a great book night!  It was just as much fun bringing the books to school and having the kids "book shop" too!

Celebration three - Several weeks ago, our high school had a fund raiser for a student who has been diagnosed with cancer.  He was a student in my first class as a 5th grader.  It is hard to believe they will be graduating.  The event was a "Mr. Alice Pageant."  (Alice is our school mascot.)  This was a "pageant" for boys, and it was so entertaining.  They performed an opening number and had the traditional talent, outfit, and question portions.  Hilarious!

My son participated in this event.  He played his guitar while one boy, who is growing his hair to donate it to Locks of Love, lip-synced, danced and flipped his ponytail to "Barbie Girl."  Another danced through the decades.  These boys were so much fun to watch.  My sister, who is a high school teacher, said she saw different sides to these students which she doesn't get to see in the classroom.

They ended up raising almost $2000 for this family.  So, if you ever need a fun and entertaining fundraiser, I highly suggest hosting one of these.  It was great family entertainment for a great cause.  

My son playing his guitar.
Have a great week filled with many celebrations.  And if you don't find a celebration, then why not create one!


  1. Our high school also does a pageant like that. Our son participated the first two years and it is such a fun event. They have raised money for several different charities or individuals over the years. It's a great way to see the many talents of the participants who may not always get a chance to be on stage.

    What a book haul! So exciting to bring new books into a classroom. Enjoy. :)

  2. A wonderful celebration! Love that huge pile of books. My NCTE pile was not quite that big but almost. The pageant looked like great fun for a worthy cause.

  3. Wonderful to see your books and your son playing for that performance/fund-raiser. What a lovely thing to do, and how great that so much was raised, Leigh Anne.

  4. Love the books Leigh Anne and book shopping by students. Christmas came early for your students. The pageant looks wonderful. A great way for community to help heal.

  5. Leigh Anne, I love this book stack! And the pageant is such a lovely way to come together and help. So much to celebrate! I'm glad you "linked up" today! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I'm so glad to see your haul - the warehouse sale comes to my neck of the woods on Monday :) Looks like it will be a good one to check out! Thanks for sharing the picture!
    I love the photo of your son, he looks so at ease with his guitar and being on stage!
    I hope you enjoy this holiday season!

  7. A great idea for a fundraiser! What an amazing book stack. I bet your kids are over the moon.

  8. I've never been to a Scholastic warehouse sale, but I can tell you had a great time. You purchased so many wonderful books for your classroom. I love the initial cut from an old book and your scrabble letters spelling out reach. Fun gifts, good to see you here and hear from you today.