Wednesday, September 10, 2008

[TIPS] Blog Action Day - Poverty

Not sure, now, how I came upon this. Probably from a tweet some time today. But this is such a clever idea that is only possible because of the popularity of blogs.

http://blogactionday.org is a website that is trying to leverage the visibility of blogs everywhere to raise the awareness of poverty. You may recall that I recently posted about one district alone that has over 3000 homeless children within its boundaries. The problem, of course, is much larger.

If you’re one who receives these tips via email, then go to the above link and watch the movie on the home page. Those who read the tips in my blog can see the movie embedded there.

On October 15, over 3800 blogs will contain articles about poverty reaching an audience of over 7.3 MILLION people. Talk about raising awareness! Of course, the bottom line is to also raise money, but that part is out of our control. All we can do is get the issue out there and hope that the kind hearts who read our blogs will make a donation.

Don’t think poverty is an issue for an education blog? Well, if the above story of the 3000 homeless children in one district doesn’t change your mind, ask your building principal what percent of your school’s children are homeless, and what percent lives in poverty. It’s everywhere.

Stop back in here on the 15th of October. Read blogs everywhere. And, if possible, contribute what you can to the effort.



Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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