Send Tulsa Kids to Hidden Figures
In a few short days, I turn 33. THIRTY-THREE. A lot has happened over those last 3+ decades, and I've got to admit, the best parts of life thus far have been from serendipidous experiences.
Like that time I went to college far away because new friends told me it'd be a fun place to be. Or that time I got a liiiittle wastey face and gave my number to this rando ginger Jew. OR that time that this guy got elected to be President and I just decided to start drawing to keep from being sad.
20, 10, or even 1 year ago, if you asked, I would have never thought I'd be here, but the ride has been even more than I could ever have dreamed.
I've got a lot for which to be grateful, and I've spent my time - especially lately - reflecting (and acting) on ways I can be there for others. I've gotten where I am on the shoulder of others, and the best way I can think to celebrate 33 is be that person for someone else.
Many of you may have seen that gofundme events are popping up around the country, raising money for kids to see a new movie, Hidden Figures. As described by Forbes , Hidden Figures is"the crowd-pleasing dramedy, about the under-heralded female African-American NASA mathematicians who helped put Americans into space...." This movie is important for many reasons, but for me, it gives me hope. That women - specifically minority women - can be and do anything they put their minds to. That kids have role models that are strong and look like them. That education can truly make a difference. And that's it's pretty freaking rad to be smart.
My birthday wish is to buy out a whole theater (or more!) and invite local kids to see the movie, discuss it's importance, and see that others in the community believe in their success. I've picked $3300 as an amount because of my 33rd, and will use all amounts raised to buy movie tickets, snacks, the Hidden Figures book for teachers to stock the school library, and market the event to local community organizations to make posters and cheer on the kids as they come out of the movie.
Every little bit helps! For reference, movie tickets cost about $8 each, and I'll work on better pricing with the theater(s) based on the amount I'm able to fundraise.
Please join me in reminding our Tulsa kids that they are smart, capable, and supported to be whatever they want, so long as they have faith and hard work.
Thanks so much to all of you for every cent you help donate! Even if you're not, please follow The Jujuu Project on Facebook and Instagram
With love, admiration and gratitude,
The Jujuu Project
About a month ago, you all began this truly incredible outpouring of love, support, and good jujuu. My heart was (and still is) SO full. Like, the I bawled my eyes out and there was snot everywhere kind of full.
I was amazed that people I hadn't even gotten to meet yet (and perhaps more surprised that people that actually know me ;)) were so willing to donate to the mere idea of making the world a better place through our little T-town kids.
I was inspired by each of you to be a better me. And perhaps most importantly, I was flabbergasted that that would happen in just a few short days. By the end of week one, we were already well past our goal of $3300.
So, then like any completely heartless person, I completely went off the grid. Seriously, I'm the worst.
I watched my fair share of puppy videos (follow @HeroAnimalVideos, if you dare), but I PROMISE (cross my heart, hope to die) that I have been a little busy bee (hopefully) making you proud since then, too.
Though much later than I hoped, I want to say, (especially on this day o' love): I am SO very grateful for each and every one of you. You've inspired me in ways I cannot even put into words - I hope to continue to do events like this because I now know the strong effect something as small as a movie can make on our future leaders.
The school administrations informed me many of their kids don't get to go on field trips more than once a year simply because of the cost of transportation. Many do not dream to be in STEM-related careers, not because they're not capable, but because they don't have those role models readily available. And getting to sit down and talk to them over the last couple of weeks - they are WAY smarter than me as mere middle schoolers.
So, the event is scheduled: Friday, February 24. At 9:00 AM, FOUR HUNDRED elementary and middle school students will descend upon Circle Cinema, to (healthy) treats and a private showing of Hidden Figures. There will be inspirational leaders to speak to the kids, and the announcement of an essay contest- the prompt dealing with their research of another "hidden figure" - with a grand prize of a STEM-related camp, all expenses paid.
I welcome any and all of you to join us at Circle Cinema to welcome the kids so they can put faces to the long list of names they will know support their dreams and aspirations. We are filling every seat in the movie theater with students/staff, but welcome each of you to cheer on the kids as they come off their buses.
If you are interested in helping with the event in some way, please feel free to reach out to me - I'd love to have you!
Again, THANK YOU. I could not have imagined a better way to turn 33!
PS: In case you missed it, we made the Tulsa World!: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/columnists/ginniegraham/ginnie-graham-woman-brings-hidden-figures-to-hundreds-of-tps/article_83eaea86-5dcf-54e5-a457-2ee13b92e745.html
We're already a third of the way to meeting our goal. THANK YOU to all of you that have read, shared, donated, and offered help. I can't wait to put on a wonderful and inspirational event for our youngest minds with your help!
Please continue doing what you're doing. We're gonna do big things in 2017 for Tulsa education!!!