Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — Most days you’ll find Janet Shedd or Miss Shedd in classroom four at Providence Montessori. She’s been a teacher there for nine years.
But in early September, Shedd was studying geography, plants and animals in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Shedd was named one of 35 teachers selected as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow through National Geographic. In the program’s nine year history, she was the first selected from Lexington and the second from Kentucky.
“The idea is to give teachers who are really excited about geography, hands on experience,” says Shedd. “The Galapagos Islands have some of the most unique animals that you won’t see anywhere else.”
Shedd says they sailed around the islands, went on hikes and went underwater snorkeling to complete research. “It’s a very harsh environment there. The plants and animals have had to adapt,” Shedd says, talking about the islands’ limited fresh water supply.
Shedd’s ultimate goal? To pass along her experience to students here in Lexinigton, to get them excited about geography. She has shared lessons on sea lions, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Her students remember the shape of the Galapagos Islands by its shape, similar to the outline of a hammerhead shark. “The children I’m teaching are going to go on to come up with solutions. It’s so important for them to learn about other parts of the world and what an amazing world we live in,” says Shedd.
Shedd says she will apply for other teaching fellowships in the future.
What is the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?
The GoodGiving Guide Challenge is an online giving campaign designed to engage the entire community and to make charitable giving easy and fun. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. The 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge raised over $1.77 million in partnership with 155 participating nonprofits in Central and Eastern Kentucky. In addition to receiving contributions from donors, nonprofits will also have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 endowment prizes made possible by Blue Grass Community Foundation and supportive donors.
How does it work?
Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing will host the GoodGiving Guide Challenge beginning Friday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m and ending December 31 at 11:59. This event encourages charitable donations through our online giving platform, hosted by Razoo.
Razoo will provide toolkits, training sessions, outreach support, mass media and social media coverage to make it easy for all nonprofits to participate. Each participating organization will have an individualized web page to promote their cause.
Individuals will be able to donate money to the nonprofit organizations of their choice starting November 13 at 9:00 am. All donations are tax deductible and irrevocable. (Donations will not be refunded). Donors will receive a receipt for their gift. The nonprofit will receive contact information for each donor, unless the donor elects to remain anonymous.
The Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations, will accept the gifts and will then re-grant the monies to the nonprofits selected by the donors.
Is there a minimum or maximum donation?
The minimum donation for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge is $10. There is no maximum donation limit for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.
Do I need an account on Razoo to donate?
No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location and enables you to track your donation, review the charities your support and schedule future giving.
Can I donate to the GoodGiving Guide Challenge on my smart phone?
Yes – this site is mobile friendly! Simply visit BGgives.org on your smartphone to browse all the amazing nonprofits participating.
Can I fundraise for my favorite nonprofit?
Yes! You can be a hero for the cause(s) you care about – we call these GoodGiving Guide Ambassadors! Alternatively, you can visit the Organization Page of any nonprofit listed on Razoo and click “Fundraise” to start the page creation process. Please note that in order to create a Fundraising Page you will be prompted to sign into your Razoo user account, or create one if you don’t already have an account.
How can I find our more about the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?
You can follow us on twitter @ProvidenceLex and “like” us on Facebook at Providence Montessori. You can also get more information at www.facebook.com/bgcf.org
We sent home Pie Lovers cards to help remind you to grab a pie at PIE FIVE between October 19 – November 12 !!! Additional cards are available at the front desk in the lobby.
Let’s go Pie Lovers and support Providence Montessori School and Providence Middle School!!!!!!!
Four Lexington schools and one in Richmond claimed top honors for Kentucky in the 2014 national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Lexington’s Providence Montessori Middle School placed first, Montessori High School second, Leestown Middle third, Cardinal Valley Elementary fourth, and White Hall Elementary in Richmond fifth. The four Lexington schools recycled enough material to claim third place in the district division behind groups from California and Pennsylvania.
Our next Parent Education Night is coming up on Thursday, February 5 at 7pm at the middle school campus. Click on the link below to view the flyer. See you there!
17 November 2014
Hello Teachers and Facilitators!
Jennifer M.- Simmons Elementary