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Writers Against Racism: Bowllan Is Off and Running in the New Year (2012)

As I humbly reflect on 2011, all I can say is thanks!  Friends and family came out of the woodwork to help me get through this breast cancer journey and now I want to give back.  As of now, I am exploring two initiatives that I will keep you posted on as they develop. Being able to stand on my own two feet, never felt so good. Althouhg I still get nightly Facetime check-ins from my mother and daily Facebook updates from friends and family.

Here’s what else that’s been happening:

1)  On Monday, December 12, 2011, I attended theDubin Breast Center Gala, honoring Eva and Glenn Dubin. Through their generosity and philanthropic efforts, they now have a breast cancer center (located on 99th & 5th Ave), which is where I went for my chemo and check-ins. If you know of someone who has breast cancer, I highly recommend visiting and touring this warm and welcoming place for patients. Here’s a photo of Eva and I at the gala. 

2) I saw this contest on Crazy QuiltsEdi and wanted to pass it along to your teachers and librarian friends. Visit Edi’s site for the full outline: 

Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff

Creative Outreach Grant

For Teachers and Librarians

The 7th Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians call for proposals is on its way. Two grants up to $1,000 each will be given.

3) Over the holidays, Edi was also kind enough to post my story about ‘cookies’.  Click here to read about my ‘Santa’ experience.  Btw, Edi’s blog is RICH with diverse book lists for students. Check it out!

4) My broadcast journalism students have embarked on an interesting, investigative project/contest called Speak Truth to Power, which is run out of the Robert F Kennedy Center.  This contest is open to public schools only, so you should encourage your students to pick a defender and start uncovering their good work before the end of the month.

Tomorrow I will tell you what I did, that I didn’t think I would EVER do. But it was bound to happen. Can you guess?  The winner gets a prize. :)