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In our current technology generation, it has never been such a powerful tool for change as it has been with Invisible Children and the Stop Kony 2012 campaign.
The basics: for almost a decade, three young film makers set out to make a film about Uganda. What they didn’t realize was the personal impact meeting the young children of the country would make on them to become part of a bigger mission — to capture Joseph Kony. Kony is a militant who’s been abducting children and either killing them or forcing them to join his army and kill others for the past decade in various cities in Uganda and neighboring states.
There’s not much more I need to say until you watch this video for yourself. I can honestly say I don’t remember the last time I’ve been so moved by a cause and effort as strong as this one. What people say is true – every voice counts, no matter how big or small.
Here are ways that you can help:
It was announced this evening, October 5, 2011, that Steve Jobs has lost his long battle with cancer.
Not enough words can describe the sole person who re-invented almost every industry by means of creating the smallest technology devices. His resistance to settle for anything less than the best has impacted the entire business world as well as our everyday lives.
Rather than continue to write about all of his accomplishments, I thought it would be better to leave you with a quote from his 2005 Stanford University Commemoration speech which defines the person Jobs was and lived by:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
Davis Guggenheim, the man behind the powerful political documentary An Inconvenient Truth, created another film based on the failing US school system. With the help of former Vice President Al Gore, Paramount and Participant Pictures, they are once again attempting to bring significant issues to the forefront of people’s minds.
Waiting for Superman, to be released September 24, will follow various children and their families in various US cities who are working to get their kids a proper education, even through the broken school system. We can only hope that the educational message behind Superman will be successfully received by individuals as was Truth and the environment.
There are thousands of kids that go without the proper education or eventually drop out of school. It is vital that we find ways to make sure that these children are not forgotten since they are our future.
Find out more about Guggenheim and the upcoming documentary here.
In memory of Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School health teacher/advocate Sandi Vanderpool, who lost her battle with cancer in February 2010, we show her pride today by wearing anything with the color PINK.I did not have the opportunity to be one of her students. However, I didn’t need to be in order to know the impact that she left for everyone that ever got the pleasure to know her. She was the head of SING, a wonderful program at our high school where each grade performed a play based on a specific theme for the given school year. Her passion of the project and for the students is what made her such a wonderful teacher and person in general.
We celebrate Sandi’s birthday with her in our hearts. Happy birthday!
**To learn more about Sandy and the legacy she left, visit her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=306729343805&v=info
**See ABC Local News from October 2008, where she was named a Hometown Hero.