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#1 Posted : Wednesday, February 02, 2011 6:28:06 PM(UTC)
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My darling daughter (who is 14) has seen some sort of show and is trying to put it into action. She is wanting to have a pageant for the special needs classes for the 4 local middle and high schools in our county. And instead of having the girls pay to participate, they will instead bring in say 5 canned goods to help out some type of homeless shelter (meals on wheels or something). It will cost parents and friends $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to help the special needs classes. This way 2 organizations benefit from this. She is wanting to get local businesses to donate to help cover cost of tiaras, flowers & sashes. She has most everything planned out. She is meeting with teachers at school to try to get this started so I am crossing my fingers for her. I think it is wonderful that she would try to help other children in this loving way.

But she is trying to bring me in on this and telling me I have to help decorate. I think we can use props from the pageant that was held 2 months ago but if not she says I have to plan to decorate. I don't know how to start on someting like this so any advice would be much appreciated. She says that all the girls are special and will love anything that someone wants to do for them, so I just need to keep things simple. Oh how I love my daughter and her big plans AND her big plans for me. I am praying that her vision and her plans will pay off for her this time. I will keep you all updated as to the outcome on this project.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, February 02, 2011 6:31:44 PM(UTC)
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Very good day today!!! We got approval from the principal for the go ahead on the pageant! So now we are in process of getting a date. This pageant will be for special needs girls from 4 High Schools and 4 Middle Schools in our county. My daughter requested the name which will be Miss Sunshine Pageant. The stage will be mostly navy blue or black props with silver and white stars everywhere. The special need girls will be the sunshine which of course will be brighter than all the stars!! We are working with local organizations to get some sponsors to help out. Now much work for me to do! Any information or suggestions will be much appreciated!! I will send more information when I get it!!
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#3 Posted : Thursday, February 03, 2011 12:09:26 AM(UTC)
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Sherry,

Your daughter is amazing!!! I don't have any advice or suggestions, but will keep her and the pageant in my prayers. If you come up with anything I can do to help you "from afar" shoot me a PM.

Looking forward to hearing how this is progressing.

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#4 Posted : Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:57:56 AM(UTC)
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That's so sweet of your daughter; what a nice project for a teen.

Are you doing the stars? What came to my mind when you said silver and white stars, are the cascading stars on WILD CARD. You could use white cardstock. To get some of the stars silver, then, I would use shadow (not sure you can) or cut the cascade out again in silver. You could cut the silver in sections and glue here and there on the white. Whatever silver parts you didn't use on the first white cascade, you could use on the second white cascade and intermix how you do them. Some could be all white; some all silver, too.

I love to buy the gift bags on sale after the holidays, that have the hologram effects. I buy up a lot of gold and silver ones. Then, I cut the very edges of the folds of the bags, to get sheets of paper. THE PAPER CUTS REALLY GOOD from these bags. I'm sure you can pick them up fairly cheaply, even now. If you do use the paper for the silver, I would cut a cardstock out to glue the silver on, as that would be rather flimsy just to use the paper from the bags.

Those are my thoughts. Good luck in whatever you do; I'm sure it will turn out great.

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#5 Posted : Sunday, February 06, 2011 8:35:16 AM(UTC)
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I have the Wild Card cartridge but didn't even realize that it had cascading stars. I think that would work perfectly. I love the idea of the hologram effect with the gift bags. I have never tried to cut any of those but I think that would work great. Thanks so much for these ideas. I will have to go shopping for some bags next week.

We have a company donating all needed tiaras and another company donating flowers for this pageant. Everything seems to be falling into place. The special needs classes was needing money to help with special olympics that will be coming up, so the money from the pageant will get split between the schools. Hopefully they will have what they need for their special olympics. My daughter has 6 friends helping her out now and they are staying in at lunch and meeting teachers after school. They are all super excited about this.

Some of the teachers would like special needs boys to escort but the girls designing this are thinking that dads or parents would be a better choice for escorts. But they want the special needs boys to help out with brochures, seating, flowers, etc. Mainly because I have had a few parents that request that certain boys do not escort their daughters. I am hoping to get some advice on this that may make everyone happy and also make the boys feel needed and wanted. Thanks for your help.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, February 06, 2011 2:43:18 PM(UTC)
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You can also make crowns, tiaras on Storybook. You can get silver poster board and add rhinestones, cheaper than tiaras thus making the $$$ for costs go further. get em each a feather boa like they carry at Michaels, girls love those things.
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#7 Posted : Monday, February 07, 2011 8:39:27 AM(UTC)
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What a fab idea. You could print a program so that your sponsors have advertising. You could also sell space to the contestants parents at a nominal fee. The program is a treasure to keep. If you have a small number of candidates, you could make sure that each one is recognized in some way. Best Personality, Prettiest dress, Most likely to have a good time etc.

Be sure to make a backdrop to take photos. A chair with silk flowers and a trellis photographs well and is inexpensive.

The dollar stores have surprises all the time. Dress up stuff, tiaras, septors and silk flowers to name a few.

Can't wait to see what your daughter comes up with.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:21:47 PM(UTC)
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Sherry - you have a wonderful daughter wanting to take on such a major event at her young age. I commend her and her friends!!! You must be busting at the seams to be so proud of her! I hope your daughter is keeping a picture journal of her school accomplishments which will come in handy when applying for college in later years.

One of my suggestions is to find a printer who would be willing to donate the printing of programs (with their advertisement on it also), or, some high schools may be able to do the printing for this event, although you may have to furnish the paper and do the folding if they don't have a fold machine.

I would have the proud parents present their daughter in the pageant. And have the boys as ushers at the main doors handing out the pageant brochures, seating, etc. Maybe some could even help behind the scene, stage hands for props if needed, opening/closing curtain if needed. Maybe they could sell donated bake goods before the program starts to raise even more money.

Another suggestion is: Some florist rent trellis', silk flowers, etc stuff, for weddings at a reasonable cost. Maybe your florist or another would be willing to donate these items, rent free of course for the evening? Again, adding their name as a doner in the brochure. My church put on a vintage wedding gown show one year and had a flowered trellis, greenery, other flower(silk alter type) bouquets and a park bench on stage which was later used for photo taking afterwards. These would work for your pagenant with the stars in background.

Maybe you can get a photographer to donate 1 or 2 photos per girl for a rememberance of the event. I'm sure there are photographers who would be more then happy to put together fee based photo packages for parents.

By all means, don't be afraid to ask for sponsorship. The worse they could say is "not at this time". And you won't know unless you ask!!!

Question - Have the girls picked out a theme name for this pageant yet? Will there be music? Maybe include one of the school bands, band parents always like to go watch their child play in a concert, additional admission $$ there too! Make sure there is media coverage/photographer from local paper, before & during event. Most newspapers have charity event columns where you can post your event for free.

It all can be simple but also elegant but there will also need to be other parent involement, you can't do it alone. My kids are out of school/college and married now with kids, and hubby & I had always volunteered for one thing or another and still involved somewhere, presently 4H. We wouldn't trade that time for anything, and what a feeling knowing we are helping children and hopefully making a difference in someones life.

And one last thing - Be sure you send out thank you's to your donors or maybe you can send a letter to editor (free) thanking donors! Hope this helps a bit and if you need, feel free to pm me.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:37:07 PM(UTC)
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Sorry Sherry my post was so long but my wheels are now spinning!!! I'm not an educator but always involved in community/school activites of some sort. I can't help much with cricut ideas since I'm still fairly new in that area! Best wishes with the first annual "????" !!!

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#10 Posted : Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:36:37 PM(UTC)
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Ladies thank you all so much for all of your help and suggestions. I wish I could have you all come help me with this. WONDERFUL ideas. But I have to tell you all that I don't know if there will be a pageant right now. The principal at the school gave her permission to get things started and we have a really good start. Until yesterday - 2 adults from the school district came in and spoke with my daughter and her friends. They told her (in a round about way) that this was a waste of time. They said that there is not enough girls in our school district to have something this big. They said that the best thing to do was something small with just the girls at her school or to invite the girls to lunch.

I am sure you all can imagine what I am thinking about this. I would really love to go see them and tell them to kiss where I can't but I have to keep my cool and try to find another way to get around this. My daughter is really upset about all of this and she is trying get all the adults that has any effect on the school district behind her. Not sure what will happen in the meantime but I am sure everything will work out for the best. Thank you all for your support.
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:39:03 PM(UTC)
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Sherry - So sorry to hear that this may not be a go. But accolades to your daughter for her efforts!! Maybe your daughter could get involved or talk with someone from Special Olympics? I'm sure they could use people like your daughter, and by golly this world certainly needs more people like your daughter to make a difference. I wish her the best of luck in all she does in life!!!!
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#12 Posted : Saturday, February 19, 2011 5:23:53 PM(UTC)
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Until yesterday - 2 adults from the school district came in and spoke with my daughter and her friends. They told her (in a round about way) that this was a waste of time. They said that there is not enough girls in our school district to have something this big. They said that the best thing to do was something small with just the girls at her school or to invite the girls to lunch.


As the mother of a special needs 6 year old girl, I want to thank you and your daughter for doing something so sweet for our special needs children. As far as the school district know-it-all's.....well, I am holding my tongue right now!!! Who are these school district people?? I would go to the next school board meeting for your district and explain your plans that are already in motion. See what the school board thinks! I have no doubt that they would tell you to continue on with your work. I really doubt the pagent has to be for a 'large' group....who cares if it's small. It means the world to those Sp.Needs girls and boys too!!! Don't give up the fight!!! You and your daughter will feel so good about making those special girls feel like a queen for a night!!

Currently, I am LITERALLY working on centerpieces for our annual special needs dinner dance. It really is a big production and last year we had over 600 guests in attendance! We work hard for months before the dance and it always pays off for our kids. Money raised goes directly to our special needs classrooms for expenses not covered by the school district money. Last year's dance profits sent 45 kids to a special needs two night overnight camp!!! They loved it!!! We also have recently purchased two new therapy swings and updated alot of the assistive technologies for 3 classrooms.

I will watch this thread for your updates. I wish you and your daughter well in your planning of a wonderful event for some special young ladies. Continue to follow your heart....and not the politics of the school district!! (hugs)
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#13 Posted : Monday, February 21, 2011 12:52:29 AM(UTC)
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PhotoPhreak - Wow! What a wonderful job you are doing to help out this great group of kids. It is alot of work to get ready for something like this but I know your efforts pay off. Thank you.

My daughter has been talking with the guy that used to be over special needs in our area and he is trying to help her arrange for a church for that evening. We just have to find enough people willing to help with fundraisers to make this possible. Before we were going to hold events at the school for fundraising purposes and since this won't be going on at the school now then we aren't able to do that. What really frustrates me is that our school USED to have a special needs dance once a year. Well some brilliant person decided that this was not needed anymore and that has been taken away from these kids. My guess would have to be something like "budget cuts". Well it is funny that they are still able to have the 8th grade dance (prom) for the other kids. Anyway we are just praying that somehow something will work out.
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Sherry ~ I'm just checking this thread to see how your event is going. I still say take it to the school board. Explaining your event to them, just might make a difference. Explain that you have been told that you cannot hold it at the school because someone told you that it wasn't possible. My thinking is that if they can hold girl/boy scout meetings, PTA meetings, cheering practice, basketball games, Prom dances etc AT the school and AFTER SCHOOL HOURS, then why isn't your function just as important?? It's worth a shot to make your plea before the school board IMHO.

I continue to wish you well and will watch this thread....thinking of you!!! :)
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:20:08 PM(UTC)
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I've been reading your posts too and am so sorry that this is such a struggle. My daughter is a special ed teacher and I've learned over her 10 years just how left out her kids can be. Do you have enough friends, neighbors, family, and student's parents that might write letters in favor of what your daughter is trying to do? I would want to try the school board too and maybe if you had supportive letters, it could help just a bit. I was hoping your daughter could have a positive experience and learn some valuable lessons. Seems the lessons learned will be negative ones. Keep on trying !!! And keep us posted.
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#16 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 11:35:14 AM(UTC)
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Sherry - I'm new to this posting stuff and to the Cricut community, but so glad I found your post! What a star your daughter is - and you also for giving her such support! What a fantastic idea and effort she (and you) are giving to help such a deserving group of young women - who I'm sure are left out quite a bit of the time. I've just read through all the posts through today and am saddened to hear of the District's "talk" and what sure appears to be a lack of encouragement and support on their end. I do hope your daughter will consider either approaching the District at a board meeting [have her tell as many people who are in support/promising donations/lending help of this event she's planning to go support her at the board meeting too!]. If they still say "no", will she consider taking it UP to the next level! I bet a special needs advocacy or support group that can help round up more participants would also love to help out with an idea like this! Just thoughts. Please tell your daughter to not get too discouraged and to remember how much what she has already done means to those she has been trying to help. She is getting a first-hand lesson on advocacy & politics for something she believes in at a level far beyond what the school hallways can provide. Hoping some of the knowledge she gains can be a positive for later use instead of just a bad feeling from a negative experience.

I have a 9-year-old with special needs and was a special ed. teacher before having my son. If we lived in your area we'd be thrilled and proud to help you with your project in whatever way we could! Hopefully we can help in any way via postings!

We'll keep checking back. Keep us posted!
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#17 Posted : Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:15:00 AM(UTC)
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Kudos to your daughter! What a truly wonderful idea. I just logged on for the first time in awhile. It is such a shame how simply two people could ruin something. I also ask who these people are and how they could have so much power over the principle. I agree as well with going to the school board. I am a special education teacher of 18 years. I work in a small district that is housed k-12 in one building. Our high school teacher for years has been having a Christmas shop for all the special education students. People donate new or gently used items and the kids shop for items priced at .25-5.00. They get all their gifts wrapped. The money that is raised from this event is used to throw a simple graduation party at the end of the year for all the special needs children getting their diploma. Your daughter is a small girl with big dreams. She should not give up. I commend her for trying and wish her the best of luck. If you need anything, let me know. Good luck to you!
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#18 Posted : Sunday, March 27, 2011 3:11:59 PM(UTC)
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I've been there.. as a kid and an adult... when people tell you that your idea is "too big" or "too difficult" to pull off. If your daughter and her friends want this bad enough it can happen. And besides... who cares if you only have a few participants?! isn't the point that these students feel recognized and beautiful? If I was in your community, I'd bring my cricut over to help you out in a heartbeat!
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