My friend Mark (as in Mark Teeters, California Teacher of the Year 2009) had planned to bring his choir students to sing in Japan this week. (Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.)
Well, as we all know, tragedy struck. So instead, this Sunday Mark’s school choir will be singing FOR Japan as part of a relief benefit concert at the Napa Valley Opera House.
I do think it goes without saying that all of our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan. (Especially those of us in California who live in a “we pray nothing like that every happens to us” fear whenever the ground slightly trembles.)
To compliment Mark’s humanitarian plans for his choir students, I just learned that the California Teacher of the Year Foundation is now going to contribute a donation which will benefit in Japan.
Personally, I think this is magnificent. And of course, I am going to donate. But today’s blog is about seeing if there are any other souls out there who might be hearing that little voice in their head which says, “Yeah, I’ll contribute.”
If you would like to donate (and I hope you’ll consider it) please make your check payable to the California Teachers of the Year Foundation and send it to:
California Teachers of the Year Foundation
c/o Ms. Dalynn Malek,Treasurer
29652 Alta Terra
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-7965
I think it goes without saying that 100% of the contributions will be headed to this most highly worthy cause. Thank you so much for your consideration.
And while I’m sure lots and lots of us have already donated to the relief efforts – I know I have – when I see the footage and take two seconds to think about the wreckage, I just feel like my answer is, “Yeah, of course I got another coupla bucks.”
Indeed, Mark is awesome. But then again, isn’t he just doin’ what it is that teachers do?
If you want to see more about the event, please click here. (Also, if you’d like to contribute with a credit card you can do so through the link as well. Putting a donate button in the blog was a bit too much for this post.)