My third grade teacher, Mr. Skinner, came to my wedding.
He was one of my favorite teachers — a former NBA basketball player who was fair, and engaging, and interesting, and — to a third grader — insanely tall and kind of terrifying. And an excellent teacher.
I grew up in San Jose, CA, along the San Andreas fault. We did earthquake drills along with our fire drills and that year, we had a 6.2 quake in the middle of math. Once the shaking stopped, while we were all huddled under our desks in case of aftershocks, he hollered, “All right, everyone, grab your books, bring them down there with you and let’s continue.” We were certain he was crazy. Years later I realized that he had us groaning about math, rather than worrying the school was about to fall down our heads. Sneaky, sneaky man.
Now that I’m a parent, I’ve seen a few “Mr. Skinners” in my kids’ lives as well. And on my part, I try to keep them learning outside the classroom. Both their grandmas are teachers, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins and family are teachers. We love our teachers. So I’m excited to be partnering with The IKEA Foundation as they donate to education programs around the world.
From now until January 3, 2015, for every soft toy you purchase at IKEA, $1 will be donated to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Over $90 million has been donated since the program began in 2003. They’re thinking this year we can get the total above $100 million. How great would that be?
The donations will help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers, improve child protection, supply materials, rebuild schools, provide clean water and toilet facilities, and improve school attendance rates. The most impactful way for these children to escape poverty is through education — not only do they have better opportunities for employment, they can take care of themselves and their families better. You can help. All by buying a soft toy at IKEA this season.
Do you remember your favorite teacher? Can you imagine providing kids around the world with a chance to have a favorite teacher and a chance to learn? I’m excited about this!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.