Monday, April 30, 2012

Another chapter in an ongoing adventure...

One mom had an idea to begin her very own Destination Imagination Team.  She asked, and we accepted the invitation.  That was pretty much the end of peace and tranquility in my life and the beginning of what has become an amazing adventure. Another chapter to the story was added this weekend.
21 people, little and big, must be registered as team members or spectators on Lilah’s Global Finals team registration.  The team fee includes access to a dorm room, which will be our command center.  We could get more dorm rooms, but the parents would not be able to accompany the children, only the team manager and a co-manager.  This would not work for many of our children who do not do sleepovers.  Therefore, our team needed to make arrangements at a hotel.  The team member also gets a meal plan and unlimited drinks/snacks.  However, our team consists of children who are gluten free, sugar free and vegan.  College cafeteria eating is not going be easy for our team, which means the meal plan will be great for water and healthy snacks but outside meals must be purchased.  We split up who is bringing the blender, the juicer and the coffee maker.  We will be visiting many markets and juicing/blending in our hotel rooms!
The bottom line is that our entry fee is $5200 (with family members) NOT including the cost of a 5 day hotel stay and meals.  Much of this fee was raised through the generous donations made on our website.  Thank you to all who contributed.  We came up with a plan to raise the remainder through a silent auction held at Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration.  The children spent three days visiting shops    asking for support.  Restaurants donated gift certificates. Jewelers donated necklaces and bracelets. Authors donated signed books and hand made Ball jar sippy cups.  Crafters donated hats and garden decorations.  Sharkwater donated two copies of the documentary we showed at the screening.  Earthplace, who hosted our screening, donated a free one year family membership.  Chills.  It all just gave me chills.


Then there are our children.  Our amazing children.  They set up the tables. They packed all the gear for their two scheduled performances (first time with an audience). They connected with the people.  Really connected.  They shared what they were doing and why.  They explained why their project mattered.  They spoke eloquently and passionately about not only DI but also about their team, their trip to Tennessee and the animals they are advocating for....

....and people bought.  They donated.  They wished the team luck.  They clapped and cheered....


...and the children smiled.  And laughed.  And played.  And enjoyed yet another chapter in the their DI adventure.

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