Monday, July 21, 2008

Lets Make A Global Classroom


I have a great friend who has just completed and gained his first teaching position at the Roosevelt Elementary School just outside of Albuquerque, NM.  The school serves children from Bernalillo, surrounding communities, and neighboring pueblos. 
His name is Michael Chavez. I met him while leading cave tours at 
He is a great guy and I think these kids are lucky to have him.  
Now with his first own classroom, he has to decorate it.  He told me today, that he is  wants to make it really sweet for the kids!  I had an idea. 

I want as many people as possible to send posters, or other creative stuff that
  2nd grade kids (7 years old) would like .  
This is a great chance to help a new teacher and make this classroom filled 
with creative things!

Michael Chavez
201 Pinnacle Drive
Apt #3622
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Postcards, puzzles, pictures of animals, anything you make, crafts, vintage, from a garage sale, just something fun.
It does not need to be new!
If you send something please leave a note here.  School starts August 11th.
I will have him take pictures of his room before and after 
and lets see what we can create!


31 comments:

meemsnyc said...

What an awesome idea! Congrats to your friend and his teaching job.

Erin said...

What a great idea, and how cool of you to post this and help him out. I'll try to think of something that I can send. Also, I got your comment about the purple fabric and I do have some in stock - I just updated my patterns page. :)

SaffronSaris said...

Lol, I think his mailbox gonna be swamped. Why not he decorates half his classroom with items sent to him, and the other half with his children's inputs? Could be a fun class with them unleashing their creativity, plus they will be involved, and it will be more the more meaningful.

Congrats to him!!

Queenie said...

Well done Michal, what a marvellous time your going to have. I have just thrown away all my project work, knowing I will be unable to teach again. The children I taught were autistic, we created some awesome projects. I truly feel his best designers will be the children. I am going on a hen party Saturday morning, to learn how to look after my chucks and the omlet, wish me luck...

In_spired said...

What an inspiring idea!,,,a real selfless act of "paying it forward". Michael is truly blessed to have you as a friend.

I've been retired for 12 years. For many of my teaching years, I spent in Special Education at the primary level with Learning Disabled children. There were isolated cases of emotionally disturbed and autistic children. I was truly blessed by having the experience of teaching and loving these children.

I'm anxious to see the results of Michael's "global classroom". I'll keep checking for his progress.

You live in a beautiful part of the U.S. Thanks for your visit to my blog and leaving your kind comment. Come back!

Pecos Blue said...

Thank you for all your kind thoughts.

Pecos Blue said...

If you are not sure what to send, send a postcard! My son an I are making a collage from magazines!

Heather said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Unfortunately the quilt went to someone else, but it was worth a try.

I love the idea of helping this new teacher. I've started a classroom from scratch 2 times and it's a lot of work.

If I get a chance I will try to send something to help out.

MarmiteToasty said...

Could I send a poster from England? or does it have to be a doodle one?

x

Keshi said...

wow this is a noble cause. I'll try my best to send something to that address. I promise!

Its an opportunity for me to brighten some sweet kids' hearts n souls.

ty Pecos!

Keshi.

In_spired said...

Pecos Blue: I couldn't find an e-mail contact on your profile, so I'm using your comment section!

I have pictures printed (8X10) and ready to send to Michael. But I need to write a letter to explain them. I'll get it all in the mail by Monday, August 28.

Such a neat idea!!! Thanks...

Pecos Blue said...

I really appreciate all of your help and good will thank you so much. Keshi if you have any other suggestions of how I can get it out there thank you. Also several people have stated that they will send things too but sent a separate email to the effect!

YEA!

Rosemary said...

Isn't that a great idea!!
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rosemary

Southpaw unplugged said...

I think i hv some pictures i recently took in one of my trips, especially in the jungles of borneo, that shud really excite the kids...I'll send them on that address u hv mentioned.

btw thanks for dropping by my blog.

Emily said...

As a teacher myself I think this is a great idea! How cool to decorate a classroom with things sent from all over the country.

Solitaire said...

Hey this is a cool idea. I hope you manage to find lots of givers.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Oh thank you for stopping by, sew nice to 'meet' you here in Bloglandia!

I'll put my thinking cap on and see if I can't come up with something to send in...

TEACHERS are the real heros on our planet!

love & blessings, Monica :)

p.s. Arizona is my home away from home, love it there!

Sujata said...

What a thoughtful idea.

Azer Mantessa said...

nice stalagtite and stalagmite formations at the cave.

congratulations on chaves and i think he will do well at home of roadrunners.

have a great weekend :-)

Paul said...

Good for him. I worked in the public elementary schools for 23 years - loved it. I had very few male colleagues. For kids that age, I think it's good for them developmentally to have more of a male/female balance in their school environment, especially since so many of them don't have their fathers at home.

somepinkflowers said...

ooohhh...
i use to teach 3rd grade!

:-)


i will check my secret stash
of cool kid stuff...

Pecos Blue said...

Thank you for all your generous help. There are several who have not left a message and are sending things too. This will be really fun for the kids and Michael!

SaffronSaris said...

Hiya Pecos,
Ok, I'll see what I can do, not a very good crafts person myself. If he doesn't mind, he could use my photos as well.
(posted this at my site, repeating here in case you din see this)

SaffronSaris said...

Oh, has he got a blog or an email add that I can send some photos over? Not too sure how the resolution of my printer is.

mermaid said...

may his efforts be realized by the children who receive instruction and love from him!

Queenie said...

Just had to let you know my hens and coop are coming on the 26th August, I'm so excited....

krystyna said...

Congratulations to your great friend!
And what a beautiful friend you are!

All the best!

njt said...

I sent my box out last week. It contained a kite to hang in room, big reading pillows, bunch of spare pens/pencils, used storybooks, plant labelling chart, a watercolor picture and letter from us.

As a former elem. teacher, I remember the daunting task of trying to decorate my room. I got returned paint from Home Depot and spent hours painting the walls. I wish every new teacher had an angel like Erin to help.

Ideas for what you might send: art supplies, laminated posters, mobiles, plants, books, pillows, folding chairs, puzzles, rulers, calendars.....teachers love anything. Even used stuff!

Yeah for education! Esp. public education.

Thanks for doing this Erin. I really enjoyed taking part. And look forward to pics of his room.

xo Rika and girls

Rachel/Hiphopopotamus Vintage said...

What a cool idea! :)

S said...

That's really cool! I'm going to go on the look out to see what we have!

Mike said...

Hi everyone! I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your support. I have already received some great items to put in my classroom. I will be sending many "thank you" cards to you guys. Soon I hope to have some pictures of the classroom posted.

Thanks again everyone! :)