Friday, December 5, 2014

Tedx Event

 Along with our 20 Time Project, my class is also going to be possibly taking part in a "Tedx" event. For those of you who don't know what a "Tedx" event is, it is an organization that allows people to stand in front of an audience and talk about ideas that they feel are important enough to share with the world. Although these ideas exclude religious ideas.  I know what I would talk about if I were to take part in the event, but my only issue is my fear of speaking in front of people. I feel that my idea is so important and powerful but if I deliver it wrong, my idea will be ruined.  Not to mention, the event is the weekend before final exams which would just add to the stress. Although it is important to remember that this is a once in a life time chance to share my ideas and to not do it because of a silly fear would be terrible.

The progress of my project so far had not really changed I'm a little stuck because I don't know where to start. I didn't mention in my last few posts about starting by talking to my principal first but now I am worried that local businesses won't want to put up a stand at the carnival for free. I am going to offer them free advertisement, so maybe that will make the appeal better.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Reading all of the comments on my previous blog post helped me dramatically.  Last week I was starting to question my project because I thought it was to be too big, too daunting of a task to complete successfully.  Then I remembered what my teacher said when he first introduced this project, failure is an option.  I realized that even if I am not able to make the carnival happen, I can learn so much from just trying to set it all up.  Although, reading the comments from my last post gave me hope, and reestablished my excitement for this project.

Throughout the past week I have not accomplished as much as I would have like too, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving break, I am sure I will be able to finish everything that I planned to this past week.  I have been thinking a lot about what I am going to put in my letter to my principal.  I have no idea what is involved in getting this permit and whether it will be difficult or not, and whether or not it will be a long process.  If my principal or school administration says no, I have spent a lot of time thinking about where to hold it.  I could possibly have the carnival in a local church parking lot, but hopefully I won't have to resort to that.

By this time two weeks from now I hope to have a reply from my principal, reassuring me that I can hold my carnival here!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The First Step

Starting this enormous and daunting project is very difficult and it's hard to know where and when to start.  Whether to try to get a permit from my school to use the front lawn, talk to the tent company, talk to local businesses to sponsor it, or make flyers; I have to start somewhere I just don't know where.  I think the  best idea is to start with the most time consuming and important part of getting this carnival ready which would be getting approval from the school board to use their property, because without a place to host the carnival, there is no way I will be able to make this project happen.

In a more positive light, I am so excited to get the 20 Time Project rolling.  No matter how much money I make, if any at all, I am just happy that I am trying to make an impact on such an important topic and issue in society today.  I feel that it is so important to focus on a disease such as Alzheimer's because unfortunately this disease touches so many lives and families and a lot of teens my age don't really know much about it.  I feel that in this point in time, teens have way more power and impact on society than adults think we do.  Therefore if I am able to not only raise money for the research of Alzheimer's, but inform my generation of the on going struggle of this disease, a real difference could be made in the progress of curing the disease!  The next step I plan to take is to email my principal to ask for permission to use the school.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Family Genetics

When Mr. Provenzano first introduced the Twenty Time Project, I immediately knew that I wanted to do something to support the research for the cure of the hereditary disease, Alzheimer's.  Alzheimer's is a disease that progressively attacks the brain and deteriorates the memory, thinking, and behavior.  The reason why I chose to raise money for this disease is because my grate aunt Julie dies from it five years ago, and because Alzheimer's is a hereditary disease, there is a very real possibility that someone else in my family could be diagnosed with it. To raise money to donate to the Alzheimer's Association I plan to host a carnival. I chose to do a carnival because it is something that appeals to the general public of Grosse Pointe and therefore I will be able to raise the most amount of money possible.