Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quick n Dirty Fundraising Ideas

Ok, so here are a couple free money fundraising ideas if anyone is looking for any. :)

Some are for a trip this summer to Africa that Andy and I are planning on going on with the youth group for three weeks in July. = $3000
Others are for one of my fieldworks to Guatemala with some of my classmates in November. = $1800

#1. Go to your local Pizza Hut and pick a date that works with them. Print off flyers with that date and post them/leave them everywhere and with everyone. We're planning on putting them on cars on campus and off. Then on that date you get 20% of all profits from that night when ppl bring their flyers in.
#2. The website www.goodsearch.com is set up for non-profit organizations. You can set up your own account and for every search ppl use on the site you get 10 cents. It's powered by Yahoo so you get pretty legit results. I Google daily, and if you have a big group/congregation/family that would change their homepage to Goodsearch, you could get some moola.
#3. This is my favorite. Go to Sam's Club and buy a 24 pack of mini M&Ms that are in the canisters/tubes. Type up these directions on address labels and hand them out:
1. Eat and enjoy the M&Ms
2. Fill the container with spare quarters
3. Pray for us as we prepare for the trip
4. Return to ________ by _________
Once you collect all of the containers, count up your money and that's all there is to it. Each container can hold $14 in quarters. So that's $1400 for 100 tubes. It's nice because you don't have to collect money and deliver something, or force ppl to buy something. Everyone has spare change laying around, so give them one or two tubes for two months and you'll have some much needed funds. :)

Does anyone else have any ideas?????

Saturday, February 23, 2008

1st ever ND student OT conference

So today was the first ever ND student OT conference. It went over really well. There were around 70 students there which is really good for a first time thing! There were OT students from UMary and UND and OTA students from LRC and NDSCS. We had the PTE advisors as the keynote talking some about the Centennial Vision (AOTA) and also the 'four i's' we need to approach our work with: Intellegence, Imagination, Integrity, and Inspiration. Then we had four break-out sessions throughout the day. One was on therapy dogs that are trained here in ND. They can be trained for most anything and are great working with ppl that have various disabilities. Some are used for mobility, some for hearing, some for seeing, some for sensing low blood sugar, others for early detection of seizures, and even more. It's amazing to see what they can do. The website of the company that talked to us today is: http://www.greatplainsdogs.com/ and
http://www.healingpawstherapypets.org/index.html is another site in Fargo that works with therapy dogs. We also were talked to about the recovery model. The OT and OTA from the State Hospital presented on this. They have they're programmed designed so it's set up more like a community than a controlling hospital environment. Recovery is a continuous process and we need to have our own choices in the medical setting in how our recovery will go since it's up to us when we get out. Another topic was benefits packages in our future jobs. There's so much out there to know when looking for jobs. I honestly felt like I needed to be there for another hour or so to really understand each individual thing, but oh well. Our last session was on Assistive Tech. The guy who talked about it was SOOOO knowledgable and passionate about what he did. He used a lot of websites as resources that were really great. One video he used to portray people of all types was http://www.raisingsmallsouls.com/wp-content/themes/179/aschool012008.html , which was so right. There were quite a few tears shed after that one. Www.cast.org talks about universal design for learning and . Another great video we watched was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BhHwk9qSvI, which is about a man that was born with Spinal Muscle Atrophy and does everything with a switch with his thumb. He goes incredibly fast, I can't even imagine!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, that was pretty much the conference today. Happy Saturday!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cool in School

BRRRRRRRRR!!! So it was 30 below without the windchill last night so I bet it was around 50 degrees below zero. It's been freezing here! Gotta love North Dakota! So since the beginning of the school year, there has been freezing air blowing into the OT lab. It's less than 50 degrees in there. Lol, we wear plenty of layers. Today I was sporting the sweatpants with tights underneath, along with a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and Northface vest. I was still a little cold with all that! Last night we had Assistive Tech and talked about the PECS system for teaching kids how to communicate. It works best with autistic children. It was really neat watching videos with children that have worked with it. There were also a lot of fun communication devices for kids with low vision or hearing along with developmental disorders. Today we did some excitatory & inhibitory exercises to use on clients. A lot of it was review, but it's nice to get some extra practice in, and to get it done to you. Anyway, I have to get going to youth group (Andy's getting a little inpatient) (:o). Afterwards I have to finish my part of the Slagle House project, and read the rest of the chapter for my small group girls. They're highschoolers that I help out with at church and we're reading Captivating together. Every Thursday morning we get together to eat breakfast and talk about it before school. These girls are amazing!!! Don't know what I'd ever do without them in my weeks! Goodnight!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Newbie

Ok, I think this is super cool.
I've been running into different OT blogs since the beginning of the semester and I just spent the last two hours reading a few ppls. I know it's a little excessive, but it's one of those things that you just get lost in. I was experiencing some major 'flow'. I really like the idea of doing this as an OT thing. Putting what I had learned each day for the past 3 years of OT school would've been a great idea. It would be a great place for pics and review whenever I need it. So for now I'll just have to use other's OT blogspots for learning/review. :)