Monday, February 12, 2024

National Organ Donor Day

National Organ Donor Day is observed every year on the 14th of February. Valentine’s Day may have a very special meaning to you if you need an organ transplant to survive. This important day focuses on organs, tissues, marrow, platelets and blood. The day is supported by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services as well as numerous nonprofit health groups.  

Organ donation means to donate an organ to a person who needs a transplant. This special day was chosen for people to show their compassion and love for people waiting for organ transplants. By signing up for an organ donation you express your love for humanity. You can save several people's lives or heal lives with your eye and tissue donation. 

You can donate your organs or tissue after you die. The waiting list in the United States for an organ such as a liver, from a deceased person is long.  In some cases, a live donor is necessary to save a person’s life. The success rate for the transplant may be higher and also there is a shorter waiting time when a live donor is an option. 

Live liver donations are possible since our livers have a remarkable ability to regenerate. This means that if you donate part of your liver, the rest grows back to most of its original size within weeks. Our liver is unique and it is one of the few organs that can regenerate. 

There are several misconceptions when it comes to organ donations. For example, certain illnesses or physical defects will prevent you from being a donor. This is with few exceptions false.

Liver failure can be caused by a number of conditions such as liver cancer, hepatitis and cirrhosis. Norm T. is a relative  who needs a liver transplant. Her only option to survive from a disease is to find a living liver donor. A portion of a liver from a matching donor can replace her diseased liver. Livers, as mentioned above, have an ability to regrow to their normal size. This means that both the donor and Norma would regrow their liver to their normal size. 

Norma has shown a remarkable brave spirit in her long journey to fight her disease. We are hopeful that a suitable match will be found so that she can return to her normal life. 

If you are interested in becoming living donors to help save Norma’s life, please visit 

Becoming a donor is the ultimate act of love for fellow humans in need. Please share this post to enhance the chances of finding a living liver donor for our relative.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February 2024 Products

February is here with National Pizza Day, Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. Several of the themes this month focus on teaching children how to interact with others. Emotions and feelings are underlying several celebrations during this month. But the month starts with a fun day. 

The National Pizza Day is marked on the 9th February. A great way to bring smiles to your students’ faces.  Shape math is a popular way to bring joy to the geometry lesson. Craftivies such as ovens, pizza items, and  chef’s hats will ensure that your classroom looks stunning for the celebrations.

Tuesday the 13th is Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras does not happen on the same day every year. Mardi Gras French for fat Tuesday and the holiday is based on the Christian calendar. Bring the celebrations into your classroom by making a Fact Booklet filled with interesting writings and drawings about the history behind the celebrations. Decorate the classroom with colorful jester craft or Mardi Gras masks. Provide your students with a chance to develop their Mardi Gras themed drawing skills by using a How to Draw resource. 

Your students will love this week since the day after Mardi Gras is Valentine’s Day. This day offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how we interact with other people. The book "Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch" is such a wonderful story to share with your class. This charming book by Eileen Spinelli, lovely illustrates the power of love and friendship. My storybook companion comes with a cute Mr. Hatch craft and contains Valentine hug craft, chocolate candy patterns, scavenger kisses hunt, and estimation hearts. A lovely mixture to ensure that your students get to practice their math and language skills on this special day. Follow the easy step to step drawing lessons and enjoy watching your students creating a cupid, rings, heart cupcakes,  love letters and roses.

The Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on 17th February. Use the resources below to help make kindness the norm in your classroom. The idea behind the day is to encourage people to do good deeds for others. Create a caring environment by allowing your students time to reflect on how acts of kindness, even small, can make not only the classroom but also their neighborhood a better place. Making a Kindness Quilt is an awesome way to finish the celebrations. The activity uses the book "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace as inspiration. Fill a wall in your classroom with kindness squares  and marvel at the creativity! Enjoy this busy month in your classroom! 

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