WOW! It has been a little over a year since I received my non-profit status and I started Project Self. I am in awe and speechless on what an amazing journey this past year has been. I wanted to share some of my successes of this past year and how Project Self will continue to grow this year.
Lindbergh School District has been the most amazing support system for my dream. 4 of the elementary schools piloted my curriculum in their classrooms. The principals and teachers have been amazing on learning my passion and why it is so important to teach inclusion in classrooms.
I remember sitting in a meeting talking to some people about the character of the Lindbergh school district. Someone brought up the point that the fact I was comfortable noticing a problem in my district and addressing it to teachers and staff speaks for the character of the facility in my district. I could not agree more. I never once felt uncomfortable speaking out and fixing this problem. I am forever grateful for Lindbergh.
2. Project Self reaching the news! I had the opportunity to speak at Concord Elementary abilities awareness day where KMOV was there to interview me. Such an amazing platform for me to speak about my passion.
3. The endless amount of support of local business on helping me grow Project Self. Once starting out I was very nervous about how I would be able to fund Project Self. I reached out to local business and the support I got was amazing. I am forever grateful for Huffords Jewelry raising over $2000 for Project Self.
I am also grateful for the support from people promoting Project Self and wearing their Project Self shirts. It is so amazing when I go out and see someone wearing a Project Self shirt. So thank you to the individuals who have donated to my cause, bought some t-shirts or talked about Project Self to other people to help spread the cause.
4. PS Ambassadors. A club I had the chance to make at Lindbergh High School. This club met twice a month and it consisted of a special education student being paired up with a general education student. In this club, the students were able to create a special bond and friendship that may have not happened before. We did many fun activites like painting pumpkins, playing with dogs, and many dance parties.
If you would like to see what the year consisted of click on the video below!
5. Finally, Project Self is growing! This past year 2 of the Kirkwood elementary schools are going to be using my curriculum this coming school year. I am so excited for Project Self to grow to another district. However, this is just the beginning. I hope to grow it to 3 more school districts this school year.
This year has been one to remember. I am so thankful for the progress of Project Self and the endless support I have received. I am so excited for the future.