I did Movember last year. I had never attempted growing a mustache before. My brother-in-law (Dr. Jerry Reinardy) is a teacher at Wausau West, and he talked me into joining his team. It's hard to explain the bonding that took place on our team. Here's a picture of my family from last year at Thanksgiving:
We raised over $3500 as a team, it went to a great cause, and I plan on doing this every year. I'm not sure why, but it's not harming anyone and the charity effort is legit. One person runs Movember, you can follow him on Twitter @Movember or @DMKIV. Here's another reason why I want to have a Kornerstone team: it's fun. This is another opportunity to celebrate individual's uniqueness. Although I cannot grow a mustache in a month, my colleague Josh can grow a full beard in an afternoon. If your son or daughter comes home and wants to join the team, please let me know.
I also see this as a long term project. This is an annual event, this is a Service-Learning opportunity, this can catch fire.
Part II - Writing a novel in month
If Matt Cutts can write a novel in a month, why can't people at Kornerstone School? I have been designing this for over six months...many students participated in a storytelling seminar, meant to prepare them to write a novel in a 30-day period. The National November Writing Month homepage clearly outlines the goals. Write a novel in one month. 50,000 words. 1,633ish words per day. I think about a half dozen students are already planning to do this. I am making a conscious effort to set aside 2-hours each day to write. I'm planning on doing this with the students. I'm planning on meeting as a group for two hours per week to share experiences of this journey. If you want to get signed up, go to the webpage linked in this paragraph above, click on 'START HERE' in the Ready To Write A Novel box. I'm encouraging students to use their school email to register. This is going to take an incredible amount of discipline to finish- I really like what Matt said in the video about not going to bed until 1633 words were written.
My tentative plan is to have bound copies of students published pieces by our second Event Night on December 19. I'm looking into cheaper options than Lulu, I'm definitely open to suggestions.
Please join in on either Movember or writing a novel. This is going to be an incredible learning experience.
Note: I am out on vacation and having surgery next week. I will be back in school on October 31, but my correspondence may be lacking next week.