Friday, January 13, 2012

Love to Joplin Linky Party

It is hard to believe that it has been almost 8 months since the devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO.

This week I got an email from a very sweet kindergarten teacher from Joplin.   Here is what her email said:

 I teach in Joplin, which made worldwide news last May when our town was cut in half by an F5 tornado.  Many of our elementary schools were destroyed or damaged, and as teachers, we have had a roller coaster year.  I came from a meeting yesterday where many are struggling with the weight of all we are dealing with.  My request is this:  would you be willing to donate a created pack of your choosing to give away at a drawing at our upcoming district Kindergarten grade level meeting?  The meeting is Monday and I am sorry for the short notice but I did not realize until the meeting how down everyone is feeling. 

Well, of course, I said "YES!" and filled her email inbox with goodies.

Then I started to think (scary), I bet there are other teachers (besides kindergarten teachers) who could use a little love.  Want to help?  Here is how:

1.  Send your TpT product or Teacher's Notebook to Erica
edoennig@joplin.k12.mo.us
2. Then link up here

Wouldn't it be awesome if we filled her email with signs of love?
Fill free to grab the heart above to share with your readers.   We have to act fast!   Thank you in advance!
UPDATE:   A) You guys are amaZING!   B) Teachers pay Teachers has some gift certificates if you would rather donate those.  C)  I'm going to have to see if there is an option C for other donations that will go into the hands of the teachers of Joplin... I'll keep you posted!


92 comments:

  1. Done and done! I emailed her some units! :)

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  2. Now, this is what this teacher-blogging community is all about. Thank you for sharing, and I will be sending some goodies her way!
    LeAnne
    Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

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  3. Done and done! Hey, wait...Rachelle took my line- or I guess I took hers!! lol =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  4. Wondering if some of us bloggers could get together for gift certificates to TPT and Teacher Notebook? As I don't have a store at either (why reinvent the wheel when already done for us) ???

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    1. I get so excited when I see that Tim Mc Graw has commented on my blog. I am looking into other donation options and will post more information once I hear back from Erica. thank you!

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  5. Leea, let me know what you find out about sending gift certificates. I don't have a store either, but I would love to help. Just my thinking, but maybe we could do a couple smaller amounts-5.00 certificates so more people could win?????

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  6. Deedee, I am too excited about this! I think this is absolutely wonderful that you decided to turn this into a linky party. Will you update us on Monday if you hear back from her? Thanks!! :)

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  7. Would love to donate for gift certificates! Let me know if this is possible.
    tjulch@mpsomaha.org

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  8. I would LOVE to donate money also for gift certificates! I don't have a store but get SO many great ideas from all of you. Let us know if it's something we can do!

    Carie
    jclap@hmcltd.net

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  9. Me, too. ratsass@frontiernet.net

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  10. Love this, just sent over three units :)

    Rachelle
    Http://sweetkindergarten.blogspot.com

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  11. This is AWESOME! Nice to see teachers pulling together for one another! Keep us updated and let us know if we can do anything else!!

    Haley
    followingoptimism.blogspot.com

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  12. Love this idea! This town is just a few hours away from where I live, and I go through it yearly on my trip to Kansas City. Just sent her items.

    Alisha
    http://thebubblyblondeteacher.blogspot.com/

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  13. Wonderful idea!! I sent over some goodies:)


    Dee:)
    www.OvertheMoonBow.com

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  14. I'm emailing her now. Thanks for letting us know. :)
    Fabulous in First

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  15. I just posted about it on my blog and emailing her now! Thank you so much for sharing. What a great idea. I am sure that there will be a room full of crying Kindergarten teachers on Monday. Happy I could help out!
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

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  16. What an awesome idea! I'm emailing her now with tons of my units :)

    Jodi
    Fun In First

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  17. Great idea! I'm emailing her now! Thanks for letting us know and help out.

    Swimming into Second

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  18. What a wonderful idea :) I am so touched that I get to participate in such a great experience! I already emailed her some units and please let us know if there is anything else they need :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

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  19. Aw, Deedee you are wonderful! I do not teach in Joplin but my husband is a firefighter in Joplin and Joplin is a huge part of our lives. I know Erica from an Early Childhood group and they will be very appreciative of what everyone is doing. Thank you!!

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  20. This is wonderful! I'm sending files now and will link up for tomorrow!

    :)
    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

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  21. Amazing idea. I just sent over three units. Please keep us updated :)

    Mary
    Adventures in Kindergarten

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  22. This is so wonderful! I sent some files her way.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  23. What a wonderful idea. I'm sending over several units. Would love to hear updates.
    Tammy
    primaryparadise.blogspot

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  24. Of course I have stuff to send. Thanks for sharing the email so we can all help out!
    Shawna

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

    shawnadevoe@ca.rr.com

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  25. Thanks for organizing this! I just sent my files.
    Ms. A

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  26. What an AWESOME thing for you ladies to do! Unfortunately I am not a creator ~ so my way of helping Joplin teachers was to go through Donors Choose. They've made a lot of headway but still have so far to go. Anyway! YOU GIRLS ROCK!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  27. Deedee ~ What an amazing idea! Thank you so much for organizing this! You are such a blessing!

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  28. I don't have a TPT shop... but I have nothing but freebies on my blog! What if we sent them a list of blogs/great resources to share with everyone there so that everyone has a little something to go home with?! =)

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  29. Awesome idea! Sending a few things now :)

    Cait

    Sliding into First!

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  30. Deedee- thank you so much for taking this on! What a wonderful idea and contribution!
    Mandy
    http://mandys-tips-4-teachers.blogspot.com/

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  31. I too have mailed tons of files.

    We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa


    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss


    Cheryl

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  32. Great Idea! Just emailed stuff. . .

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  33. I teach 5th grade in Joplin and lost my classroom in the tornado. I am so thankful people who have helped me rebuild in the months since May. Thank you for continuing to care! <3 from Joplin!

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    1. I can not imagine!! It must seem overwhelming. Do you have a Donors Choose page?

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  34. I wish I had a TPT to give. My coblogger and I are MO teachers. Our school adopted a classroom in the fall. I spear headed the effort and this post has inspired me to do another drive for items to give.
    I am amazed at how much your students and teachers have faced since last year. Know that we are with you in spirit!

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    1. That sounds like your guys worked WAY harder than I did! I just sent an email and put a blog post together. How wonderful and giving you are!!!

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  35. What an awesome idea. I just sent many packets/activities her way. Thanks for doing this!!
    Sarah Mackey
    http://mackeysclassroom.blogspot.com

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  36. I'm so glad there is a gift certificate option. I just sent one over... Thanks for organizing this, DeeDee!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  37. I would love to know the Donors Choose page. This is so wonderful
    Tonia
    Tvento1313@msn.com

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  38. My tpt store just opened & so far I only have freebies there, haven't created units yet...can I still email the freebies? Or is there I way I can donate a gift certificate? I'd LOVE to help. Pls. let me know.

    Color Me Kinder

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  39. I just started my blog and have not opened a TPT store. I don't have any units put together either only individual activities I would love to share what I have and link up. Can I still participate?
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

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  40. Great idea! Thanks for organizing this, Deedee! I just sent some stuff their way. Enjoy the weekend!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

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  41. This is such a great idea. It makes me so proud to be a part of this wonderful blogging community. I sent some units their way. Thanks for getting this together.
    http://mskerriandherkrazykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  42. This is such a fantastic idea! It is so nice, that in a world where people can be so unkind, that we have this wonderful blogging community of caring people. I have e-mailed a unit!
    -Megan

    http://firstgrademagic.blogspot.com

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  43. What a great idea! I just sent all of my units to Erica! I hope she will find some use for them. I also posted the gift card link and how to donate to Joplin Schools directly. The parents of my students use my blog as well, so maybe they will feel led to help out!

    -Bethany
    Learning is a Journey

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  44. As I type this, I am crying! This little seed of an idea has bloomed into beautiful garden of love and support. Thank you, THANK YOU so much on behalf of all the teachers in the Joplin district. I will email Deedee Monday after the meeting to let you know just how overwhelming the response is! I'm sure everyone will be sooo excited and grateful. :)

    Many thanks just isn't enough!
    Erica

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  45. DONE!
    This is truly inspiring. I'm so glad I could be a part of this!

    Mary
    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

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  46. What a great idea! I think there are very few professions who think of others as much as we do. I am so proud and blessed to be a teacher. :)

    http://funintitlemath.blogspot.com/

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  47. I don't have a TPT store, so I tried to think of something I could do. I went to Barnes and Noble and they issue e gift cards! So that's just a small way you can help. I sent mine right to Erica's email address. Thank you DeeDee and Erica for letting us share in the rebuilding of Joplin. What better way to reach the young children that we all love to teach than by helping their teachers?
    Linda
    A Teachers Touch

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  48. Wow. What an amazing idea?! So happy that to give back. :)

    Mrs. Mayas' Kinders

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  49. What a wonderful idea! I just blogged about it on mine and sent multiple files their way. Thank you for sharing the opportunity to help others!

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  50. I'm so glad I found this! I just sent a few things... think I'll send some of my facebook friends this way, too!

    Great idea!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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  51. Such a fantastic idea! DONE! I'm all linked up & sent her an email with goodies!

    I'm your newest follower!


    Come by and check out my 500 follower giveaway :)

    Have a great weekend!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

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  53. What a great idea, this is what it's all about! I sent Erica an email and linked up :)

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  54. What a great idea! I'm emailing her some of my materials now!

    Latricia

    Wild About Second Grade

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  55. Just sent some units and linked up!

    Thanks for setting this up Dee Dee!!!

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  56. I emailed a link to some stuff online and posted about it - what a nice gift to lift spirits, and on MLK day to boot. Thanks, Deedee, for letting us know about this need and organizing this effort!

    Barbara

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  57. I emailed the Fry Phrases (first 300) and the link that explains how useful they are!
    Best of luck to everyone~ What a wonderful way to show why we all do what we do!
    Staci

    Going Nutty!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  58. Thanks for sharing. I shared two files. :)
    Life with Mrs. L

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  60. I just sent a few things! This was such a great idea. :) Thanks for involving us!

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  61. Amazing idea! I don't have much in TpT but emailed a little something.

    Thanks for doing this.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  62. Thank you so much for including all of us in the blogging community {and beyond} with the opportunity to help those teachers in need in MO.

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  63. I was wondering if you have a contact to donate other items? I make hand puppets and would love to support what those great teachers are trying to do to educate their students.

    Thanks so much for sharing this,
    Hallie

    www.ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com

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  64. This is such an amazing idea! Goodies sent and prayers for the process of rebuilding that continues!

    ~ Kristine

    www.oursmartcommunity.blogspot.com

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  65. Many of you have asked in your emails about other ways to help. Many of our teachers have Donors Choose pages, so that is one way. Another way is to either click the link on our district home page--www.joplinschools.org--or visit the web page and click on "Bright Futures" on the left.

    Again, thank you so much for everything everyone has sent. Last night at 9:40, I had finished opening the 107 emails and had made a list that included 276 units/activities (for all grades), 4 gift cards to Barnes and Noble and ITunes, and 5 TpT gift certificates. This morning that list grew. I am overwhelmed with how wonderful everyone has been. This giveaway will be the BEST....EVER!!!!

    Erica

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  66. Few things in this world can fill your bucket as much as giving to a truly worthwhile cause! Thank you Deedee for posting the Joplin giveaway.
    Maggie

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  67. I too am a kindergarten teacher from Joplin. I lost my school and had to start completely over in a temporary location this year. I've have been truly blessed by kindness from people from all over the United States. As my husband stated, "teachers really do stick together!" I just wanted to say thank you for all that you are doing to help Joplin! Susan

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  68. What a great way for teachers to share and help out other teachers! I do not have any units on my TpT store yet, but I did send a TpT gift certificate! Thank you for sharing and letting us all help out a little! :)

    My Kindergarten Kids

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  69. What a great way to give back to teachers in need, units sent to email from my TpT store!
    www.thecrazypre-kclassroom.blogspot.com
    www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/cropingchristine

    Blessings to all in Joplin,
    Christine

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  70. Love, Love, LOVE this!! I don't have a store on TpT, but am a frequent buyer (need to learn the tricks of the trade!) Sent a gift certificate. So thankful for the opportunity to help!!
    Natalie

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  71. I just linked up! I will email the items to her asap!
    I also posted them for free on my blog...just because!

    Samantha
    msbeattie-samantha.blogspot.com

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  72. Hello Everyone. I am a Kindergarten teacher in the city of Downey, California. I am a faithful follower of all you wonderful ladies and have been truly touched by the Joplin story. There are days when our efforts as teachers sometimes don't seem to be enough. After reading the email from the teacher in Joplin, I have to remember why I became a teacher to begin with. Teachers are the most amazing people. They give without pomp and circumstance and from the heart. We teach with hope of making a difference.....and WOW! what a difference everyone pulling together will make. Now I do not have a blog of my own, but I want to help in some way. I would like to know how else we can help? I will be posting this email in our school lounge with hopes that our staff will join in this wonderful cause.
    Blessings to the Joplin community and to teachers everywhere for making a difference!
    Idalia
    idatemb@gmail.com

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  73. I just sent my TpT Gift Certificate to Erica's email address!! I hope she gets it :)
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

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  74. I just linked up! Awesome feeling to help someone in need :)

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

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  75. Wow... this warms my heart! Thanks for sharing this request with all of us - of course I sent a bunch of packs her way to share with her fellow teachers - I hope that Joplin is feeling the LOVE ... and I am remembering to be thankful for my blessings right now!

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  76. I am a fellow teacher from Joplin and all I can say is THANK YOU all so so much. Looking at this made me cry. You are all amazing!!

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  77. I emailed a few lessons that I thought might be helpful. What a great way to help support our fellow teacher in their time of need!

    Patti

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  78. I hope I'm not too late, I'm emailing some items right now. Thank you for doing this Deedee, you are incredible!
    Kristen

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  79. I am getting ready to do the big giveaway! I am so jazzed! We have enough for each teacher in our grade level to have a unit or two, plus we will be drawing for 15 gift cards/certificates. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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  80. I hope I wasn't too late! If I was, just let me know. I ran out of time...............which isn't anything new!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  81. Just sent some things, hope I'm not too late. Thanks so much for doing this! :)

    Second Grade Sugar and Spice

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  82. Can I send in some physical products, like DVD's and such? And if so, where would I send them? Email me (heidi@heidisongs.com) and I will let you know what is coming; then you can raffle them off (or however you want to handle it) and let them know that they are coming if they don't arrive in time.
    Thanks,
    Heidi Butkus (from HeidiSongs)
    http://www.heidisongs.com
    http://heidisongs.blogspot.com

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    1. Heidi, that would be great! If you would still like to send items, we have another meeting in February and can give stuff away then too!

      My school address is Erica Doennig, c/o Emerson Elementary, 1301 S. Duquense, Joplin, MO 64801.

      Thank you!!

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  83. Update....http://littlesoaringeagles.blogspot.com/2012/01/lots-of-love-to-joplin.html

    Thanks again so much!
    Erica

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