Education made a huge impact on me. My whole life has been so shaped by the teachers that really took it upon themselves to broaden my horizons.
My kindergarten teacher’s name was Miss Terry and she taught me that I had a natural curiosity that was best fed through knowledge. I think that I must have driven the woman crazy with all of my questions, but she never failed to give me an answer. If she didn’t know something she didn’t leave me with an I don’t know,she tried to find the answer. It’s something that I felt so thankful for that as I grew older I always tried to do it myself whenever a child asked me a question.
Mrs Tankersly was my 2nd grade teacher who opened me to the wonders of books and how you can lose yourself in them. More than that she believed in me so much that years later when I was in my late twenties she let me know that she still scanned bookshelves for my name. That meant a lot to me then and it still means a lot to me now.
Mr. Cavness was my high school art teacher. He created brilliant works of art and being taught by him was a real privilege. Besides the basics, he fully immersed our class into the history of art and how to apply it to our own art work. Were we masters? I learned that you gain a respect for art and those who create it when you stop to truly see what they have accomplished. Besides that Mr Cavness first introduced me to Frida Kahlo, who led me to know that pain and emotion can be merged to create beauty.
There were so, so many great teachers that I had the privilege to know growing up. They all left their mark on me in some way. I can only hope that my own children have the opportunity to meet and be shaped by such great teachers in their own life.
I am a better person today because of education. I am a person who tries to fill my children with a love of learning. I try to listen to what they are interested in and I try to find answers for them because someone took the time to do those things for me. I was taken out of a sphere that didn’t quite fit me and allowed to see a bigger world where I fit better. It made me feel less alone and more a part of something. Education has the power to do that, and this is why it is so important to me.
Neutrogena® knows that education is important as well. For third year in a row, the Neutrogena® Wave for Change® campaign is helping rebuild the lives of thousands of kids in need. For each participating Neutrogena® product purchased between July 1st and August 31st, the brand will donate one dollar to GlobalGiving1 charities, with the aim to reach a $250,000 donation goal. This back-to-school season, NEUTROGENA® Wave for Change® will be supporting three educational charities here in the US, namely KIPP, Education Through Music, and Para Los Niños.
You can help in two easy ways:
- Register the purchases of eligible products at Neutrogena.com/waveforchange.
These include the Deep Clean cleansers, Oil-free acne wash in Grapefruit, Skin Clearing Make-up, Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara and the Make-up Remover Cleansing towelettes. You probably purchase some of these products anyway and just by going to the website and registering you are making a difference!
- View the Wave for Change® video on Neutrogena.com/waveforchange and on the Neutrogena® Facebook page.
Just by clicking the link and viewing the video you make a difference! For every view of the video $1 will be donated to GlobalGivingsupport educational charities within the United States.(2)
I really hope that you will register your products and view the video. It’s a way for a small act to become so much bigger than ourselves and go a long way towards making a difference in education. It is a way of giving others who might not otherwise get it a chance to be impacted by great teachers and programs that make a difference. Remember you can get the latest information on Wave for Change though Neutrogena’s facebook page!
*I have received compensation for this post through Latina Bloggers Connect. That being said, this campaign means a lot to me personally and I am proud to spread this message because of that.
1For more information about GlobalGiving, visit www.GlobalGiving.org.
2Neutrogena® will kick-off Wave for Change® with a $100,000 donation. Then, for each online activation of each purchase of eligible products, Neutrogena® will donate a maximum of $20,000, and for each eligible video view, the brand will donate a maximum of $130,000