This month on the Metroplex Cadillac Dealers‘ FB page something exciting is happening:
Four Dallas-Fort Worth area charities are competing for a $50,000 ad budget prize…the “losers” are going home with money too.
- Big Thought
- The Family Place
- Make-A-Wish North Texas
- Heroes for Children
YOU can help choose the winner by voting in the Cadillac Cares Challenge (and you can vote daily).
This is all such a win-win situation and thought it would be fun to highlight each charity here on She is Dallas over the next week with a little “lobbying” from DFW bloggers who support each cause.
Today we are going to take a closer look at the incredible charity, Big Thought:
Big Thought was founded here in Dallas in 1987 and has been building partnerships that give kids access to quality learning opportunities. The Big Thought mission is to “make imagination a part of everyday learning”.
I have written previously about Big Thought with the launch of the program SLANT45.
Lea Ann from Mommy’s Wishlist is a big supporter of Big Thought. Her son, Quinn, has participated in many Big Thought programs:
Quinn has been to their summer camp, their computer arts camp, been a part of field trips and concerts and plays. Quinn has for the past 5 years attended Dallas ISD schools that are Title 1 schools. That means that the majority of the kids at his schools are a part of the free lunch program. These are kids that without Big Thought would most likely NOT get exposure to cultural arts programs. And arts programs make for better students and more well-rounded little people. Quinn will be the first to tell you that it is not a coincidence that all the kids in his piano class are the ones with the highest math grades. (That’s him with his 1st place math trophy from the Dallas ISD Math Olympiad in 2006. He’s won it every year that he has participated.)
Rachel from Quirky Momma also has a heart for creative learning experiences. Her website is full of quality learning experiences like those created by Big Thought.
I remember hours, days, spent as a kid and teenager at a local non-profit artsy place called Mars Hill. It was there that I first started playing the guitar, they let me make a mess as I created some of my first mixed media sculptures, had fun making the sounds of rain in a drum circle, learned how to spray-paint (my re-made furniture is thankful), and participated in poetry contests. It was free and it was fun! I learned to appreciate and look for the unusual and different in the world around me. Today, Mars Hill no longer exists, but I can pass on some of that love to a charity that is very similar. Big Thought is located in Dallas and is giving kids and teens an opportunity and a place to be creative.
YOU can support Big Thought with just a click through to the Cadillac Cares Challenge with a vote.
She is Dallas info: The Cadillac Cares Challenge ends May 9, 2011. You can vote daily for your favorite DFW charity. She is Dallas and the other participating bloggers have been enlisted by the Metroplex Cadillac Dealers to get the word out about the competing charities. Each blogger was able to request a favorite charity and then write on that charity’s behalf through the generosity of Cadillac. The Cadillac Cares Challenge is a She is Dallas advertiser. Watch over the next week as we highlight each of these worthy DFW causes!