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At Pixel Entertainment, we have been excited that this year, following Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, that there is a day dedicated to giving even more than receiving (or buying, as the case may be).  Today is #GivingTuesday.  Want to know more?  Check out Giving Tuesday’s website or, in their own words:

It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, we are continuing our series of “What’s Your Favorite Charity?”  You may have already read parts I and II.  Now we’ll let Mama Iz tell you in her own words about one of her favorite charities:

Growing up, I was told that a great education is a gift that travels with you throughout your life.

I guess for this reason, it’s only appropriate that my first job out of college was with Teach for America in Houston, TX. The founder of Teach for America, Wendy Kopp, had a vision that “one day, all children in our nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.” To achieve this, Wendy set out recruiting recent college graduates who were at the top of their class and placed them in teaching positions for two years in America’s poorest urban and rural schools. Her mission was “to eliminate educational inequality by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.” While I was with Teach for America, I learned that children can exceed our expectations, that education can transform the lives of students and teachers and that by relentlessly pursuing your goals anything is possible.
It’s been almost 9 years since I worked for Teach for America, and I must say that it is still one of my very favorite non-profit organizations. Although I don’t live in an area where there is a Teach for America site, I’ve continued to use my talents and passions to impact education charities on a local and national level. Over the last 9 years, I’ve worked as a fundraiser, raising millions of dollars for charities with a similar mission – a mission to educate young minds. I’ve also sat on the alumni board at my alma mater. Most recently, however, I was blessed with two children of my own who are just starting their educational journeys. For this reason, I’ve begun volunteering at their schools and teaching them, thanks to the Global Game Changers, about the many different ways that they can choose to make a difference in the world! Fingers crossed, they’ll earn their education badges soon!
Please visit Teach for America’s website to learn more about how you can give back to this wonderful organization that is impacting the lives of so many American students:
Thanks to Kristy (Mama Iz) for sharing!