Day 8

I feel like some of these prompts are things I have already covered on the blog before… but, here’s a little reminder with today’s prompt: You’ve just been given a million dollars. You are not allowed to keep it or give it to anyone you know personally. What do you do with it and why?
Last May I wrote a post with seven (times seven) things about me and one of the lists included what I would do with large amounts of money..

seven things i would do with crazy amounts of lottery won money:
1. pay off student debt (well… all debt!)
2. buy derek a fancy car
3. get my parents all situated with a nice home, no debt and a true retirement lifestyle
4. visit the seven wonders of the world
5. build a school (and fund the educational processes) in a third world country
6. donate money to autism research
7. visit all the baseball stadiums in the united states
….
But, since this prompt limits what I can spend my money on and only gives me one million dollars I need to cut that list down a little.
I would take the million dollars and split it between autism research and helping to build a school in a third world country. Why?
Autism is something that has been near to my heart for the past six (or so) years.. It started when I worked with Allison, a little gal with autism, during my first year of teaching. Autism is a fascinating disability, and there is still so much research to be done, since it really is a fairly new diagnosis. I can’t really say that I would want my money to support research for finding a cure, as much as I would like it to support enhancing the lives of kiddos who are already diagnosed with autism. The possibilities are endless, especially now that technology is so huge and accessible. I would love to see what could be done to improve their lives.
And as for the funding of a school in a third world country. I was pretty moved by the book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, and his Pennies for Peace movement. I believe that every child/person deserves an education, no matter what the socio-economic status is of their country, family, etc. Education empowers people, and helps create a better world for all of us. I truly believe that education really is one of the best investments to make.

Whoa! With that load of heavy… here are 2 websites to check out. You know, just in case you have a million dollars to donate somewhere.

http://www.threecupsoftea.com/
http://www.autismspeaks.org/

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