A little taste of France

When my brother visits from San Francisco, it’s always an exciting time for me as I really enjoy spending time with him and exploring new places in the city together. This time, we took our mom out to Claudette for her special birthday celebration. It was pretty dark inside, so my photo opportunity wasn’t the greatest, but nonetheless it was a nice dining experience!

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Claudette is in the heart of Greenwich Village, just two blocks away from Washington Square Park and New York University’s main campus. If you haven’t gone there, you may have visited her sister restaurants, Rosemary’s and Bobo. At first i thought it would be a highly overpriced, way-too-fancy for me type of restaurant, but it turned out to be the cutest little restaurant on the corner of 5th Avenue. 

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Making teachers and students’ wishes come true :)

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If you haven’t heard about DonorsChoose.org, it’s an incredible nonprofit organization that does wonders in our nation’s public schools. It gives any individual an opportunity to donate directly to a public school classroom project. As a teacher, I have seen the difference these donations have made in our children’s educational experiences and in their appreciation of where they’re getting their supplies or materials from.  Very often, we hear that there’s not enough money in the school’s budget to support this or buy that so we usually have to find our own way of giving our children what they need or deserve. DonorsChoose does exactly that – teachers write a proposal for needed materials, donors donate and receive pictures and thank you letters from the teacher and students.

Last week, DonorsChoose had an open house event at their new office on 37th Street. It was a pleasure to meet some of the staff and other teachers from around the city, and to see how the company functions from behind the scenes. Thanks to staff member Josie, I got a private tour so that I can share with YOU all the beauty of the company that you donate to or participate in. 🙂

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