Sunday, May 10, 2015

Reflection Post

When I look back on my Twenty Time Project and the progress I made on it, I have to admit I am disappointed that I did not achieve my goal of hosting a carnival and donating the proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association.  I was so excited when I finally thought of my idea for this project back in September because I knew that this project wouldn't just look good for colleges, but it would also benefit those who needed it most.  After my first few blog posts, I was very confident that I would be able to achieve the carnival.  With people commenting reassuring words my excitement grew as I realized that this project could actually make a huge impact, not only in my community but also all throughout the Alzheimer's community.    
As I think about where I went wrong in planning of the carnival, or lack there of, one specific feeling stood out to me.  As I started to buckle down and really get started on my project, I started to realize I had no idea what I was doing and had no idea where to start.  The fact that I had no way of funding the carnival was also a looming problem that I could not find a solution to.  Although, my teacher did give me a great idea to involve school clubs to set up booths, I was still lost as to what to do.  I didn't really want to ask for help because I wanted to be able to say that this project was completely my own, and that is where I think I made my biggest mistake.
If I were to do this project over again I would have involved more people in the planning.  It may not seem like it, but planning a successful carnival is so much work!  Balancing that with school, sports, and a job was impossible to do on my own.  The more I think about it though, I don't think I would set up a carnival for this cause.  I should have chosen something a bit more realistic, because I just can't think of a way to fund something as extensive as a carnival.  Although, I am happy I had this chance to do this project because although I may not have achieved my goal, I still learned a lot about not only myself, but about how kids my age and the internet in general respond to these type of ideas.  I have learned that as long as you are passionate about something and it is something positive, than you will find people that will back you all the way.  I hope to some day, when I have the time, be able to retry this project achieve my goal.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Change In Direction

It is nearing the end of the school year and because of that my focus of my project has changed.  I have come the realization that the probability that I will finish this project in time is not very high. Instead, as my teacher suggests, I am going to start to look into what I want to talk about in my speech for the end of this project. We are supposed to talk about what we have learned by doing this 20 time project and for me that question is difficult to answer since I wasn't able to accomplish my goal. Obviously I learned that by setting such a huge goal for myself I made it very difficult to achieve but I don't want to spend 10 minutes talking about that. Instead I have decided to focus on my generation and the power that we have.
My generation has access to things that previous generations could have never dreamed of. With the help of the Internet, ideas and information can be shared within second to people on the other side of the world. I decided to focus on this because of a comment that I received on one of my posts that said that they were happy that I, being a young teen, had chosen to focus my project on such a big and important issue. I feel that while a lot of people my age use the Internet for good such as this, the Internet is also not being used to its full potential and I wasn't to try and encourage more people to not just speak their mind online but say their part on controversial topics going on in the world not just with celebrities. With all the people that use the Internet some pretty amazing things could be accomplished and unfortunately, sometimes the Internet is used to hurt and not help people.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Emails

After talking to my teacher about emailing the Alzheimer's Association, he brought to my attention that emailing them first with what little information I have would probably not be the best idea. It would be so easy for them to turn me down because I am lacking important information such as a date, place, and more detailed plans. Instead my teacher recommended that I emailed one of the teachers at my school that handles student activities to find a definite date that I can hold the carnival and a make sure that the parking lot is open. I have started to write the email and my first draft was not so good so I am currently looking back over it to make sure that I do not sound too demanding when I ask the teacher to help me plan my carnival.
The one problem I am having to face is that I was hoping to host the carnival before school gets out so around late May but that is also around the same time as our schools Prom therefore the school will be pretty busy.  This worries me because anything earlier than that I won't be ready to host it yet but anything later then it gets busier especially with graduation around the corner as well.  I also have been very busy lately with working and playing a sport and trying to find time to work on this project.  I almost never have time to work on it because I'm either at school, at practice, working, or doing homework which puts me way behind where I should be if I want this carnival to happen.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Finances

During the past few weeks, I have been planning my carnival; looking for tents, tables, chairs, and various carnival games.  After looking around and calculating all of the prices I have come to realize how expensive it will be to put this carnival on. My parents have offered to pay for it but it is a lot of money to put this on. To solve this problem I have decided to email the Alzhirmer's Association to see if they have any suggestions or could possibly help fund the carnival.

As I have been looking at their website, I saw that they put on walks for Alzhirmer's and I thought that maybe they could give the necessary equipment to put on a walk. If my carnival doesn't work out, I need to decide if it will or won't soon because of I keep waiting then I'll loose my chance of starting my second project.  At the same time though, I want this project to work so bad because it's such an important issue to me and I feel like I have taken on this responsibility to tell my community about the importance of citing this disease, and if I don't get this to work I feel like I not only let myself down but I also let down the Alzhirmer's community. Therefore, the response to my email that I'm sending is very important because it baciscally decideds whether or not I can go through with this carnival.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

News!

I have been on mid winter break a weak all week. Having the whole week to myself and not have to go to school everyday or do homework every night has given me the opportunity to really seriously think and plan my 20 Time Project. For anyone that doesn't know, my twenty time project is to host a carnival/raffel to raise money for Alzheimer's awareness. 

Over break I talked to my parents about the commitments and all of the work we, as a family, will do to make this carnival happen. I will be having help from friends and family so that I won't have anymore money to have to spend on workers. After thinking about it, I have realized that, obviously, the carnival will cost money. What I didn't realize is how much. I am planning on hosting the carnival at my school and I really wanted to have it outside but having it outside would mean that I would need a tent. Previously I had mentioned that I would be able to get a tent from a family friend for a good price, but now I know that even at an extremely discounted price, the tent will cost A LOT of money, which I don't have. So I had the idea to email the Alzheimer's foundation for help. Whether they can help fund the event, or have advice on how to host the carnival for low cost, I think emailing them would help a lot. Currently I am writing the email but I am hesitant on how to write it because I don't want to sound like I'm begging for money, but at the same time I need to get the message across to them how important this is to me and how I need help with the funding. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Progress

Over the past two weeks I have made some progress in deciding exactly what my plans are for the carnival. For those of you who don't know, I am hosting a carnival to raise money for Alzheimer's research. The reason j chose to raise money for Alzheimer's is because my aunt passed away 3 years ago because of it.  She had been struggling with the disease for many years and although it was sad to see her pass, I know it was better for her because she's more happy wherever she is now.  The reason I am planning my event so carefully before doing anything else is because what I am doing is very ambitious and if I want it to work out I need to make sure that I know exactly what I want. One of the most important parts of creating this carnival is getting land to do it. I really want to do the carnival af my school because I plan to have many school clubs have stands there, so it would make the most sense.  It will take a lot to be approved to hold the carnival on the school property so I want to have a clear and concise plan when I present it to my principle and the school board.

My friend also contacted me and told me that she know a complany that can cater food and provide tables and chairs and possibly a tent. She will be sending me the information soon and once I receave it I will have to quickly contact the company because with no tables or chairs the carnival will be impossible.  Next week I plan to talk to a few of my friends that are in clubs so that they can have a stand at the carnival. The student council is very big at my school so I'm sure they will want a stand and I also think that the language clubs will want to advertise there club to get more members.  There is also an interact club here that specializes in county service so I think that they will also be able to have a table at the carnival.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Reassurance

On my last post I talked about how I was worried about being able to complete my 20 Time Project. Although, after talking to my teacher and my mentor, my grandmother, I now have more confidence that I will be able to pull this Carnival off and raise a good amount of money for Alzheimer's.  I have decided to make the carnival more booth oriented rather than a ride oriented carnival. This is because if I were to try to rent a small ride, a train ride for example, not only would it cost a lot of money, but it would also be a safety hazard and if anyone were to get hurt, I would be to blame.  If I have more booths at my carnival then I can get all of the different clubs at my school to have their own booths. Giving the clubs the chance to have their own booths will give them the chance to get more people to join their club.

I have also considered possibly moving the carnival inside so I won't have to worry about finding a tent for a reasonable price. Although I might not even need a tent if I am able to plan it on a day that will not rain, but consodering how in advance I will have to plan it, I don't think I will be able to guarantee that the weather will be acceptable. I amiss really excited to actually put this on because I know that I will be surrounded by my friends and family who will all be helping me achieve my goal of making a big of a dent as possible in the struggle of the disease Alzheimer's.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Break Progress

     Over the holiday break, I was able to achieve a huge step in the process of creating the carnival. After Christmas I started talking to a few of my friends to ask for some help with the carnival.  My friends Mary Kate and Lily agreed to work at their own type of booth at the carnival. Mary Kate is having a fortune telling booth and Lily is planning on having a dunking booth where people throw a ball at the bulls eye and if they hit it, then somebody falls on the water tank. I also planned on other aspects of the carnival such as creating a raffle. My friend Anna will walk around selling raffle tickets    Then later on we will announce the winner of, hopefully, a donated basket from a local business.
     The more I plan and think of preparing for the carnival, the more stressed out I get. It get hard to try to balance school, sports, family and friends, a job, and this project.  Although we are allowed to fail while trying to complete this project, I really want to be able to achieve my goal, but I am worried that I won't be able to achieve this carnival. I have started to think of a possible back up plan to do instead of this project, but I think it might be too late to switch. Instead of the carnival I am thinking of doing a raffle where we raffle off baskets an d gift cards from businesses from around town.  I think that this will be a better option than the carnival because I won't need a tent, I won't need as many volunteers, and it would be much easier than the carnival.
      Although I feel that if I do go back and change my project, it would be almost like giving up, I also don't want to fail. Raising money for Alzheimer's is a very important thing to me and I want to do whatever necessary to achieve that goal, even if that includes possibly changing my project a bit.