June 22, 2012

Donors Choose Project – June 2012

“When I was a kid . . .” Words I thought I would rarely, if ever, utter to my own children after hearing about “walking uphill to school both ways in the snow” from my parents.  Well, being the father of an 9 & 11 year old, I found myself sharing” insights” from my childhood:  “Cartoons were only on Saturdays . . .we had to come home when the streetlights came on . . .we could just go up to friends door and ask if Tommy could come out and play.”  These sincere and insightful stories have turned into “when I was a kid, I had a rock and a stick and we could be gone for 8 hours without a snack or lunch and we drank our water from the hose . . .” My kids eventually caught on and even threatened to connect with their grandmother to confirm this version of my childhood.

Though maybe fun or humorous, what does the above have to do with the business at hand?   I am proud to work at a company that supports a wonderful program, Donors Choose.  This month I have the privilege of choosing our monthly recipient.  Keying on kids and the fact that they deserve more than a stick and rock, yet with tremendous budget challenges in our public schools, there seems to be less and less opportunity for purchase of new equipment.

Mr. Humrich, from Burlington Middle School (Burlington, Colorado) is currently challenged with limited and worn out equipment for a school-wide Badminton Program. The Badminton Unit culminates in a 2 on 2 tournament highlighted with the championship matches played in front of the entire school.  Burlington Middle School is classified as a high poverty district and programs like these are invaluable.  Such programs may seem simple or extraneous, yet consider the importance of, not just the physical activity itself, the lessons that are taken away.

Physical Education is an important part of children’s lives.  Having the benefit of large sports fields, a gymnasium, outdoor blacktop and plenty of balls and equipment, I enjoyed diverse and very active PE programs in my youth.  I retain many of the valuable lessons learned from participating in these activities. Mr. Humrich is teaching more than just sports.  He is helping kids understand personal responsibility, teamwork, perseverance, discipline about winning and losing and much more.   These are all great life skills.  Keep it up Mr. Humrich!

To learn more about Mr. Humrich’s Who’s Bad in Badminton Program and Donors Choose, click here.

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