#GivingTuesday For Bilingual Education

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Today we’ll all be making history together as we join a new movement called #GivingTuesday. We’re all way too familiar and entrenched with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about a day honoring the tradition of being grateful that we can even enjoy those “celebrations” and give back to others as much as we were able to get deals for us?

That’s exactly the idea behind #GivingTuesday, a concept I learned about back in September when I was invited to attend the United Nations Foundation’s 2nd annual Social Good Summit as one of their Social Good Fellows. I sat in a room with other fellows and we applauded in agreement at this fantastic idea put together by the 92Y and the UN Foundation to basically “create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It [#GivingTuesday] celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”

How could we not stand behind that?

We are so excited to announce we’re joining the first ever #GivingTuesday movement and we’d love to make you a part of it. You can celebrate this day of giving back in so many ways in your own community. The point is to reflect on the idea of giving back and get our children involved. We’d love to hear your ideas and how you’ll make this happen.

Since we really want to get you motivated and involved, we’ve come up with our own special way to collectively give back to our favorite cause of raising bilingual kids and bilingual education. It’s very easy and won’t take you long at all, but you’ll be making a great impact on a bilingual child’s education. Please read on.

We all know that dual immersion programs are proven to be an academic, social and cultural success. However, that doesn’t mean the schools that need it the most are getting the proper funding. We’ve chosen to focus this #GivingTuesday on four dual immersion classrooms in areas with a high level of poverty — and thus extremely low funding — requesting funding for books and materials in Spanish through

Here’s how YOU CAN HELP. We’ll donate $1 USD (up to a maximum of $500) to for every comment we receive on this post all day today, Tuesday November 27th, 2012, until midnight PST. Just check out the four classrooms we’ve chosen to support below and tell us in a comment which one you want your donation to go to. We’ll then donate to that classroom the total amount of dollars generated per comment. Our maximum in donations will be of $500 total divided between the comments for all 4 classrooms.

Only one comment per email.

Help us reach our goal of 500 comments by sharing on Facebook, G+, email, Twitter, etc. Sample tweet below (you can click and tweet it too!)

Celebrate #GivingTuesday by commenting on this @SpanglishBaby post today to donate $1 to bilingual education

1. Listen to Learn!

Technology project at Glendale Elementary School in Madison, WI

2. We Want to Read Now!

Books project at San Juan Elementary in San Juan Capo, CA

3. Engaging Dual Language Learners

Technology project at Wharton Elementary School in Houston, TX

4. Help Us Read!

Books project at Lincoln Elementary School in Salinas, CA

Thanks for giving of your time to us, to #GivingTuesday and to bilingual education! You can follow and share how you are giving using the hashtag #GivingTuesday on Twitter and on

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