So, after resting a bit, I’m back to running and thinking about what’s next (no, I’m not going back out into the wilderness just yet). My initial goal was to see what barriers I could break while raising awareness of the great work our staff does with the kids and their families at SouthSide Early Childhood Center. I took inspiration from them and from all of you and made it through. We not only raised awareness, but put us on track to raise the $3.5 million needed for a new school (if you’ve seen the old school, you know this is definitely a NEED, not a want). That campaign still continues (we’re about $750,000 from our goal, nearly there!) and so if you know anyone that can see the need and wants to help, let them know about the site!
One of the things I’ve learned is that inspiration comes from some of the most unlikely places (just look at me :)), and I know you’ve either personally experienced or heard of some inspired idiots out there breaking barriers. There are enough negative sites on the web, I’d like to keep this one up and running as a source for inspiration, but I need your help. Send me your links, your stories, stories you’ve heard or experienced yourself. If you know of an idiot or two, even better! I’d like to help share those stories. Here’s one to get you started:
George Swain, Head of Middle School at Poughkeepsie Day School (NY), is an avid biker and blogger. In 2010, as the Endless Mountains 1000K began, he was hit by a car from behind, resulting in trauma that included 24 broken bones. He’s back on his bike and recently rode a tour of all of the communities that Poughkeepsie Day serves, 300+ miles in the hills of upstate NY.
George’s blog post introducing the PDS tour:
A description of George’s catastrophe of 2010:
Look forward to hearing more stories like George’s.