|Applying for a grant to create a vegetable garden to feed those in need.|
|Writing a collaborative story with a friend in Alabama.|
|Making a musical instrument during a chemistry lesson.|
|Delivering cake pops and a donation to a local fire house. 30 individuals lost their homes in a horrible fire. The girls wanted to give back through their cupcake club.|
I don’t want to pay for a college advisor. I would rather pay for baking supplies. I don’t want to pay for test prep courses. I would rather pay for gas to transport my children to their volunteering activities. Sometimes I think I am just naive and sometimes I think we (parents and students) should just say "no more, I am not playing by these rules anymore". Accept my kid because she has a great portfolio packed with book lists, projects, volunteering photos, has studied a variety of subjects, has watched documentaries, worked with mentors, interned at cool places, held a job, designed her own courses, participated in the community, participated in sports, plays an instrument, knows a foreign language (assuming she keeps it up!), has interests, goals and dreams. Or don’t. But don’t determine her value based on a score. She is so much more than a number.
|No caption needed!|