Sunday, April 6, 2014

Twenty time post 20

Hello all!

I have figured out what I am going to speak about in my end of the year presentation. I figured that my project was about doing things to help others no matter how small, I would talk about how anyone can do a good thing no matter how small and then grow it to be bigger and have more impact on society. Now I will start to get slides together and get my slide show ready for presenting which will be in late May. I am excited to present and also nervous, although I have no reason to be. In my presentation I have to get together an intro, an example form my project then how it relates to life and others. I really want to leave an impact on people no matter if its big or small. 

This week for my project I went to a pill packing party for the Haiti trip. A bunch of volunteers came together to prepare sets of medications a necessary objects for people's health. It was fun and I had the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people. I met Dr. Graves, the president of the HART foundation and other people who really loved to support the cause. Here are some photos. My task was to pour out the pull bottles, pack a small bag with twenty pills then label the bags. The pills I packed were similar to Motrin, but they were much more powerful to help the injured people in Haiti. 

Until next week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Twenty Time Post 19

I didn't publish a post last week because Mr. Provenzano made it a new rule that we only have to post an update on our project every two weeks.

This week I began thinking about what I should say during my Ted Talk and found that it was really hard to choose just one idea that encompasses my project. Since the overall idea of my project is helping people, I figured my final talk should be something about that. Maybe about the idea that one person can make a difference no matter how big or small. As long as you try to make a difference and help people in any way, it doesn't matter if you start your own charity, or just raise fifty dollars. If everyone who had the privileges and luck to live in such a great community as I do did something, anything really, to help the less fortunate, then our world would be a much better place than it is now.

This is what I think my project is about. Doing anything to help other, no matter how small.

Now for a little update. The board member who I met with a few weeks ago invited me to a gathering where people supporting the charity will visit to help build pills, or supply packs that will go to Haiti. This gathering is on April 5th. I think I will go, just to support the foundation. Also, I think it would be cool to present what I did for the foundation in front of the board members and presidents at one of the next meetings. Not everyone can say that they presented the charitable work they did in front of the whole foundation's board.

Also, I have collected about five or six phones that I will send into the company that buys old phones later. Maybe next week.

Until next week.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Project Petite Église post 18

This week regarding my project i finally turned in the money I raised from hockey for HART. It totaled in at exactly 601 dollars. There was only three hundred dollars from the camp but I had a local business match what I raised whih catapulted the number up to six hundred dollars. I met with a woman on the Board of HART on Saturday. She said that the foundation was really grateful for everything I have done so far. She also mentioned that she would be speaking to the board about my camp and asked if I wanted to do a small presentation for them. 

In April HART is having a bake sale and I was welcomed to make some goodies and help out. I think that would be a nice little project as a fun way to help people. 

This week I am going over to Mr. C's car wash to get the tickets for selling. I calculated up some number and from just selling tickets I could raise over three hundered dollars! Next I will go to my local Ace and talk to them about selling some tickets in the store. Last time I visited, the manager was really enthusiastic about me selling some tickets.

Also I need to start practicing and thinkin about my presentation at the end of the year. I need to somehow relate my project to a real Ted talk.

Until next week.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Reflection Post

This week, my teacher has asked us to do a reflection about how our project has been going. The two questions he posed to our class were what do you like the most and the least about your project? And what would you do differently?

I guess I will start with what I like the least. For me, I think that my project is not really creative and innovative. It's just a normal project that is raising money. This anyone could do and therefore doesn't make my project stand out very much. Other people are doing amazing things like painting a mural or running a marathon, and I am doing just a very boring project. I have been trying to do a lot with my project but it's hard when you are a fifteen year old girl in high school to organize events and convince people that you're serious about this fundraising. And I know what you are going to say: if you believe you can achieve. Yes I am perfectly aware of that. I wanted to organize a hockey camp, and I did. However I wish there would have been greater participation, and maybe next year there will be. 

Now to fully address the issue above of why my project is so adequately exciting we should visit why I chose the idea that I did. I chose this project of a mission trip because I love to travel. I thought maybe just going somewhere wouldn't be enough for a legitimate project. So I incorporated charity into it. But it wouldn't be enough just to go on the trip, I would have to rise money for the charity. I'm glad I changed my project from the first crazy idea I had. Now that I realize how hard it is for one person to raise money I see that my first project idea would have been impossible. 

So in conclusion to the first question, the thing I like the least about my project is how unexceptional and unextraordinary it actually is. If I could change that this late in the year I would. I would probably change it to something much deeper or more interesting that just raising money in different ways. 

For the next question now, what do I like most about my project? This one is easier that the first question. I would have to say that there are so many ways to go about doing my project and go about raising money for charity. I can go in so many different directions. That is what I like most. I am not limited to just one thing. I can do anything I please to reach my goal of raising money. 

Also I like that I can affect many peoples lives in many different ways. By the money I'm raising the people in Haiti will be that much closer to achieving their goal and with the hockey clinic I put on I can affect the young girls in my community by helping them improve in the sport that I love and they love. To be able to say that is one amazing thing.

If I could do anything differently I would proabably choose to go on the mission trip during one of my breaks this year so that I can report about it in my presentation at the end of the year. 

Until next week.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Project Petite Église post 17

This week was my winter break. I visited Washington DC this week for a hockey tournament and wasn't able to do much. However while I was waiting in the airport  for my flight back to Detroit, I emailed the man who wanted to book another clinic during his daughter's practice. However I'm worried that he will not email back and we won't be able to do another clinic! So I will call him later this week to find out what he wants to do. 

I have the money that was donated to the HART foundation ready to give to the board members this week. I am ready to do that and finally donate some money! How exciting that will be! 

Also I am starting to work on my next idea for fundraising. An old phone drive! Everyone had thier old phones that just sit in the house and contribute to clutter and collet dust. In my house we have at least five old phones that can be sold for cash that I can donate to the HART foundation. I figured I could just go door to door and try to collect phones but I'll keep thinking of ideas. 

Anyway, until next week. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Project Petite Eglise Post 16


This week I haven't been doing much in terms of my project. I have really been relaxing this week because last week was such a busy one!

I have to send the money to the HART President, Dr. Graves and make sure he gets that so it can go directly to the cause. Although one interesting and exciting thing that happened this week 

was one of the girls loved the clinic so much that she told her dad and her dad wants to have me come out again to their scheduled practice and run my clinic for their whole team and any others who would want to join. This really made me feel special and really inspired me to continue with my clinic.

I exchanged some emails with the man who contacted me and he seemed really enthused about the idea of me coming again to coach their girls. I am so excited that I get to impact young girls in this way to help teach them the importance of helping others and helping them improve in the sport they love!

Here is a picture of the email that I received! 

Until next week!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hockey For HART!

Today was the hockey clinic that I organized for the HART foundation! It was a really fun day filled with laughter, learning and of course, hockey!

Here's what happened: I arrived at the rink with my brother and one of my teammates. We set up our forms and folders at a table conveniently placed by the door. Soon enough another one of my teammates showed up with her sister, a ten year old goalie who decided that she wanted to join in on the camp. Now, after about three weeks of advertising I only attracted about ten girls who confirmed that they would be at the camp. That is not that many if you think about it in the grand scheme of things, however, it was a lot for the first time I was organizing the event.

After I set up the forms and my other two helpers arrived, more girls started to come through the doors. Two ten year old girls that played for Troy Sting 10u came and immediately skipped off to locker room four that I had acquired. I received the parent's names and the thirty dollar fee from the fathers. Then I asked them if they were members of MAHA or the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. If they were not, (however everyone who attended was) I would have to have them sign a form for liability reasons. More girls started to come as my two helper coaches camp. Coach Mike, my coach from last year Victory Honda and Coach Kevin, my defense coach from this year Belle Tire had agreed in advance to help me run the stations.

After sitting at my table for thirty minutes, nine girls had arrived. However, right when we were about to get on the ice, one participant realized that she forgot her skates at home! I offered to give her father a refund for his money since he had already payed, however he said that I should keep the money because it was for a good cause. We all got on the ice after that situation. I found some cones that would be needed later and three nets that we would be using. After staking around and warming our legs up, I called over the girls and my teammates or fellow coaches. To start the two hours of ice time I just welcomed the eight girls to my clinic! After introducing the coaches and giving a short synopsis of what the girls would be doing I put them into a line on the red line to do some skating and edge work.  During this first twenty minutes of the clinic one girl from Saint Clair Shores 10u came up to me and said that this was really fun. It is amazing how one compliment can make you feel so good.

After the skating we played two rounds of sharks and minnows, which the girls loved. Next, I had the girls partner up and get into four stations, so that would be two to a station. There were four stations, each one had to do with a necessary skill needed to play the game. Two of my teammates from Belle Tire ran the stick handling station. They did simple but effective drills that every hockey player should be doing. For example, stick handling through pucks, tight turns around cones, pull a move around a cone then shoot, figure eight stick handling, around the world, protecting the puck and so on.

Here is a picture of their station. These girls are about to execute some tight turns. Here is another picture of the girl protecting the puck from me. I am acting as the defender in this case.
Another station was skating, which was ran by another two members of my team. They had the girls do fun skating drills like supermans under cones and the iron cross, which is a skating drill that incorporates many different techniques. I think that they made that station for the girls. In this picture you see the group of girls and I getting ready to do the iron cross.
Another station was shooting which was run by Coach Mike. He showed them the correct shooting technique and had some easy drills that improve your skill with the puck and your shot. Here are some pictures of his station. I definitely think that shooting is a huge part of the game and I am thankful that I could get such an experienced coach to help me with that important aspect of the game.

The last station was passing. Coach Kevin ran this one. I had him run the girls through all different types of passing such as back hand, forehand, indirect, 2 on 0 regroup, touch passes to a shot and following your pass as well as reading the play to get open for a pass.

After the hour of stations, with each station being fifteen minutes long, we went to a scrimmage then a fun game that we at Belle Tire 16u like to call baseball. I had to explain it to the girls, but they understood after a demonstration. Here is a picture of me drawing up the drill.

Last we did an ultimate shootout in which the goalie did a fantastic job and shut out every single girl from scoring! Some of my teammates later called her the wall.

With the last minute we took one group shot then got off the ice to get some snacks! (I made cookies, brought clementines, and chewy bars. The rink manager allowed us to give out free Slurpees and hot coco. The rink manager, Sam, was a huge part in helping me make the clinic a success! He gave me the free ice time, liability forms, cones, some advertisement and free drinks! Thanks Sam!)

Here are some more drills and skills being taught and learned!

After the girls got off the ice and snacks were being distributed, many parents came up to me to thank me and congratulate me on a job well done. They asked about my hockey club and were interested in maybe joining their daughters in the club. Many were very impressed and were happy that their money was going to a good cause. A father asked if this was going to be an annual event, and said that if it was to be, he could bring his whole team next year and bring a lot of girls. That got me thinking... I would make this an annual event! It will be a lot easier to attract girls next year and I can donate the money to a new charity that needs donations.

After doing this camp I was so proud that I, one sophomore, could pull this event together. Even though there were not many girls this year, I was still surprised of the huge positive results I received from all the parents. I think I surprised myself in that I worked so hard to put it all together and I now know that one person can make a difference, no matter how small and that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. The two ingredients needed to make a change in the world are passion and hard work. Nothing worth gaining was ever gained without effort.

I am so excited for next year's camp and cant wait to continue fundraising for my project. This week I earned 300 dollars to donate to the Haiti and Africa Relief Team. This hockey clinic inspired me even more to fund raise more money for my project. I can't wait to get started!