I wonder if you would be interested in helping me spread the word about an amazing group of knitting kids in New York who need your support - not money, just votes and publicity!
My name is Betsy Rodman. I am a Teaching Assistant at Haverstraw Middle School (Rockland County), where I run a knitting/book club called "KnitLit". Kids knit blankets for charity and we read and discuss a book together. This is an impoverished community (more than 50% of our students have free or reduced lunch), where knitting has caught on. KnitLit is extremely popular, and I even had to turn students away last year due to budget constraints. Sadly, the club is facing elimination this year due to a dire budget situation.
How you can help: we have been nominated for a "Power a Bright Future" award from the Clorox company. Winners are determined by vote (people can vote once a day through Nov. 1), and amazingly, we are in the TOP 5% NATIONWIDE among all of the nominees! BUT we have a long way to go to get to the top, with some serious competition from lots of sports activities and marching bands. Wouldn't it be wonderful for handcrafts and the knitting world to see a group of young knitters win this award?
Is there any way that you could help us spread the word to a larger audience? Perhaps a blurb to your e-mail list? We need to move quickly, as voting ends Nov. 1st.
To read our award application, go to this link:
http://www.powerabrightfuture.com/gallery?id=3048&cid=p1core-tbx08.f.1800/ae930/4a2/773a2f45.c393659504a77ec7e61ea0736457125f&page=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.powerabrightfuture.com/gallery?id=3048&cid=p1core-tbx08.f.1800/ae930/4a2/773a2f45.c393659504a77ec7e61ea0736457125f&page=1
For more info, go to http://www.powerabrightfuture.com/ and search on "KnitLit". We also have a KnitLit Facebook page - please visit and "like" us! My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on FB under "Betsy Rodman" or call me: 845-269-5252.
What a wonderful opportunity to help a worthy cause without donating a penny, and to spread the word of the power of knitting with young people! I thank you for any support you could lend us!
Haverstraw Middle School KnitLit Club
IT'S A MATTER OF PRIDE!
Please help a middle school knitting/book club in an underserved community stay alive and thrive! (See previous post for details!)
I would like to correct the links for voting for KnitLit in the "Power a Bright Future" award - I aplogize for the previous messed up links.
The easiest way to check out KnitLit and help us by voting is to go to: http://www.powerabrightfuture.com.
Once you are there, click on "vote now". On the next page, type "KnitLit" into the search box. Our picture will then come up - click on it to read all about us. From there, you can click on "Vote for this nomination". You will be prompted to register (quick and easy, and you can opt out of receiving e-mails from Clorox) - then you can go back in and vote.
It's a matter of pride to the knitting community - we need to kick it up a notch! Please consider voting every day until Nov. 1 - more importantly, SPREAD THE WORD! Post it on Facebook, e-mail everyone in your address book, and ask THEM to do the same! If anyone would find daily voting reminders helpful, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
I, and my young knitters thank you!!!