4. When an Idea’s Time has Clearly Come….

(This is the 4th in a series of 3 – and that says it all.)

How the world can change in a few short days.

Last week I was battling fears of going ahead with A Kids’ Guide at all, without a promise of a sponsor, people to help, or any real funding. And today, I am worrying about how big this might get, and how we will need to do this WELL and do this RIGHT.

From Skyping with Robyn and Rola in BC and Ottawa last week, to deciding I might as well post the project on my blog…   I thought all of that was exciting!
But when I saw @CanGeoEdu’s tweet, and a DM from Jamie Bell in Arviat at the very same time on Saturday, I have to admit – it actually brought tears to my eyes.
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Because THAT was the moment I knew this project is actually going to happen in schools across Canada, for our kids.   “We can. We will. End of story.”  (-:
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But that wasn’t all!
Nothing prepared me for the amount of attention @CanGeoEdu’s tweets would create over the next few days…  I’d been fighting the discouragement of “Keep waiting, keep waiting” from Canada150 for so long that we’d already decided it was too late and we’d written the whole thing off.
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So when James Boxall, the Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, retweeted our project out to 3 different cabinet ministers – I literally sat down in shock.
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People get it!
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And days later, I am still overwhelmed, completely humbled, and enormously grateful.  I can’t believe I’m going to get a chance to help make this happen – I’m just a classroom teacher who knows education and kids!  And I sure don’t have all the expertise and tools we’re going to need to make this happen.
But that’s OK.
Because
I’m completely relying on people like yourself
…..who understand this project 
…..who can help and will help – 
….  to work together and figure it all out
to help make this incredible thing happen
for Canada, for our future,
and most of all,
for our kids.
Try to connect kids all across Canada,
especially Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids?!?
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It looks like this might be an idea
whose time has finally come.

 

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If you are interested in supporting this project, or helping to organize and promote this project in your area, please contact A Kids’ Guide to Canada  c/o  beachcat11@gmail.com

small Create wishes

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About Cathy Beach

Recently retired elementary teacher and outdoor educator in rural Ontario, Canada. My Olympic Journeys may be over, but they lead me into some very exciting adventures with teachers and kids and the world of connected learning...
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