A little more than four years ago, I set out to identify and honor some of the most influential people in my life. It turned out to be one of the most satisfying things I've ever done, both in this blog and in my life. I kept the spirit of that original series of posts alive in my annual Heroes and Inspirations post which I prepare each summer. So far I've recognized thirty people who have served as personal inspirations, and that practice has impacted the way I live my life. Throughout the year, I'm looking for people who amaze, impress, and inspire me--people who make me say "I want to be more like that." Below are links to the nominees for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Heroes & Inspirations 2007
Heroes & Inspirations 2008
Heroes & Inspirations 2009
Heroes & Inspirations 2010
Heroes & Inspirations 2011
When I came to Columbus Adventist Academy, I had an idea to share this practice with my students and the 100 Heroes Project was born. Starting on the first day of school, and going through the 100th day of classes, my students and I shared with each other a hero a day. In the spring of 2010 my students organized a Heroes Reception to honor their chosen heroes. We had a shoestring budget but were nonetheless able to create a memorable evening, a gala occasion that the everyday heroes we honored will surely never forget. Read about the first Heroes Reception here.
After a year's hiatus, the Heroes Reception is back, and this time I hope to make it an annual event. We've set February 5, 2012 as the date of the reception, and in when we get back into school next week we'll be sending out the official invitations to all of this year's chosen heroes. A few of my own heroes from this year and last will be in an attendance as well. Ideally I would have liked to invite them all, but my class ended up being much larger than I expected this year, and in order to make sure that my students could honor all of their heroes, I limited the number of personal invitations for myself. After all, this is about them, not me.
The students divided into committees to plan the program, music, decorations, gifts, food, and all the other myriad aspects of this program. They've been planning since school began and when school resumes the planning will go into overdrive as we enter the final weeks before the Reception. The only limit on their ambition to create a special and memorable evening for their heroes is their budget. And that's where you come in.
I'd like to invite you, my readers, to support my students in their Heroes Reception, by making a donation towards the event. I'd like to thank those readers that have already made donations; I'm not exaggerrating when I say this event could not happen without you.
On Sunday evening, February 5, 2012 we will honor the heroes who have made a difference in the lives in my 7th and 8th grade students. We will be able to do so because other heroes--people like you--stepped up and helped make it happen. In advance, I thank you for your support.
Checks should be made out to Columbus Adventist Academy with Heroes Reception written in the memo portion of the check.
Mail your gift to:
Columbus Adventist Academy
Attn: Heroes Reception
3650 B Sunbury Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219