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transforming lives through education

I think everybody has that one year of school they’ll always remember. Mine was 2nd grade – Mrs. Engle.

I had many amazing teachers, but Mrs. Engle transformed school for me forever. She turned me into a lover of learning, an empowered student, and eventually inspired my decision to become a teacher myself.

Mrs. Engle was a passionate educator. It showed in every lesson and permeated every corner of our classroom.

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We didn’t just read, we met the characters and walked in their shoes.

We didn’t just learn about the rainforest, our room was transformed into the Amazon.

We didn’t just memorize geography, we hopped on an airplane, had our passports stamped, and explored the countries ourselves.

2nd grade was the year I read my first Nancy Drew book. It’s the year I learned how to cross-stitch during a Laura Ingall’s Wilder unit. The year I started keeping a journal.

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When I think about what kind of teacher I want to be, and even what kind of mom I want to be, I think of Mrs. Engle. As both a parent and educator, I want Eleanor to…

develop a love of reading…

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learn through rich experiences…

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PLAY and grow her imagination… 

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I consider myself lucky to have had teachers like Mrs. Engle. Many children around the world are not fortunate enough to receive an education at all.

The power of education is immense. It’s the most effective way for children to escape poverty and positively impacts communities for future generations. There is a lot of work to be done.

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This holiday season IKEA wants to help, and you can too!

For every soft toy and children’s book sold at IKEA between November 9, 2014 and January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Since 2003, 11 million children have been reached through the foundation’s efforts with donations totaling over $90 million!

The donations, split between the two charities, fund teacher training programs, provide school supplies, and ensure safe water and sanitation services onsite.

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In Mozambique alone, 55,000 children in 88 schools were assisted by funds from the IKEA Foundation’s Soft Toys for Education campaign. The students were taught physical education as well as important life skills like HIV awareness and preventing violence and sexual abuse.

To be a part of this amazing initiative, head over to IKEA and find the perfect gift for the child on your list!

With characters ranging from cuddly bunnies to ferocious dragons, there’s something for everybody! :)

Your turn:

Was there a teacher that transformed your life?
What aspect of your education are you most thankful for?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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