August 16, 2013

Looking for a little inspiration...

By C. Anne Vitullo, 2013-2014 Communications VP

If you’ve been reading the League’s eNews over the summer, you’ll notice that we’ve added a “thought for the week” to each eNews blast. Just a little bit of inspiration to share an idea or make you smile as you start your week.

I often turn to a couple of favorite quote collections when I’m writing--particularly if I’m looking for a focal point for my work, or a thought to get my own creative juices flowing.

My desk will often be littered with sticky notes as I gather quotes for a piece I’m writing.

Here are a few of my favorite quotations, as they relate to our work in the League:

“To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference.” -- Maya Angelou

“There is nothing wrong with the world that cannot be cured by what’s right with the world.” -- Bill Clinton

“We’re all here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” -- Albert Sweitzer

Beautiful thoughts, aren’t they?

What’s your favorite quotation? Share it here via our Blog – and share your inspiration with all of us.

August 05, 2013

Done in a Day: Resource Area for Teaching

By Samantha Quist, Done in a Day Co-Chair

Volunteers from the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula descended upon the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) facility in Sunnyvale on July 17th to build affordable teaching supply kits for Bay Area educators. RAFT collects office and manufacturing supply donations from corporations and organizations and uses the materials to develop creative educational tools.

After a quick training, we set to work compiling kits that enable kids to make miniature hovercrafts out of CDs and balloons and enjoy hands-on experiences with concepts like friction, airflow, and gravity. By the end of our shift, we built 70 hovercraft kits so efficiently that we had time to start a new project creating paper supply kits.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered! And most of all, thanks to RAFT for making fun, hands-on educational supplies available and affordable to Bay Area educators and students.