Monday, May 18, 2015

This will be my very last post on this blog. I do not plan to continue blogging over the summer or into next school year. This post is a review of 20% Time and my project.

Over the past school year we have been working on a project of our choosing. I chose to raise money for the organization Project Peanut Butter. I definitely accomplished everything that I set out to in the beginning of this project. Sometimes I wish I had expected more of myself so that I had set out to do more.

It is hard to say that this project was not worthwhile, because I am saving lives of children, but if I had no idea what my project would be and I had a chance to do 20% Time, I probably would not do it. I do not feel like I learned enough and I could have learned more doing Science and Social Studies.

This was a very, very hard project in the beginning for me and some other people. I just do not learn this way. It felt silly to me that we had no direction and were just flung into a project. Obviously, some people were not ready for this kind of project. I have to say that I never enjoyed it too much. Sure, it was nice to see the end product and cool to see the money getting higher and higher, but I just never felt it was that fun. I guess I could have chosen something else, but I didn't. I feel like my teachers could have put some more of the energy they used on this project in the other subjects, like English. I didn't learn hardly anything in that class.

Oh well, the school year is over. Bye everyone!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This Friday is our 20% Time TED Talks. These are a 3-5 minute (closer to 5) talk about our project. I have been working on what exactly to say about my project. So far I have a 4 minute and 45 second presentation I have typed.

Friday, May 1, 2015


We have now raised $380!!! When I say "we" I mean the people who bought the mixes, and me! It is a team effort, and I am so thankful for everyone who has bought mixes or donated to my project. Every $35 saves a child's life. I am so grateful that I can save lives doing something that I love.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


When I started this project, I didn't think that it would take me so long to create the mixes! When I say create I mean putting all the ingredients in the jar and layering them. It takes me an hour just to make about 10 of them. That means I have to devote a whole night to make a whole flat of 12. Here is a picture of me leveling out the sugar to put it in the jar. I can't say it is too fun to clean up the mess of a counter top at the end, but there is no glory in the process.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

PREPARING FOR A HUGE SELLING... and daunting public speaking

As I said in my last blog post, I am going to sell mixes to my dad's work. He works in a law firm so I have to make tons of mixes. Today I am going to buy the supplies needed to make at least 30 cookie mixes. That is A LOT of ingredients. Another thing that is coming up is our 20% Time TED Talks. This is where everyone participating in 20% Time (Harmony team) has to get up on the stage and do a 4-7 minute talk about our project. This is stressing me out a little bit because I am not too comfortable public speaking. I have done it a few times before, but it doesn't come too naturally to me versus other people. 

Friday, April 3, 2015


Now that I have accomplished some of what I set out to do, I am thinking about new things! It is amazing what I have done so far, and I am proud of it. Now I am trying to think of what to do next! I think I will sell next to my dad's work. He has already agreed to this. Now the next step is to buy the ingredients and then assemble the mixes. After that, I will compose an email for my dad to send out to his work. I think I will need quite a few more mixes than last time because there are more people. 

Monday, March 23, 2015


Spring break was last week, and I am proud to say I raised $278!!! This is HUGE progress. I accomplished this by sending an email out to some of my mom's friends. I sent the email out to about 8 people. I expected people to buy one or two, and I was pleasantly surprised when two people wanted 5! I also had someone who donated $50 along with buying 5 mixes, and that made me very happy.