I have discovered that, for the most part, people are insanely grateful to hear "yes," in response to a request. Only because they are so accustomed to experiencing all the "nos."
My question is, why, as a society, do we automatically go to "no," when we know that the affirmative brings with it positive results.
Student members, parents, and staff at Deep Root Center learn very quickly that I will say "yes," to most requests, sometimes with the caveat, "we don't do that (have that) now, but we can figure it out - together."
Again, I ask, why would you say "no," when "yes," inspires creativity, innovation, self-motivation, confidence, conviction, connection, and engagement every damn time.
Oh, trust me, I totally understand that a "yes" often means - more work, more mess, and much more overall hassle; nonetheless, it is utterly worth seeing the smiles and the engaged connectivity where there was formerly none. And the willingness to work harder toward a common goal because they understand that someone trusts them - explicitly and without question.
Weekly Creative Meditations
There seems to be an abundance of news this week. Firstly, we are excited to announce that Angie, Nic, and the DRC-East Crew have found a new home at the "Life in His Arms Community Church" in North Lawrence. We will be renting - but hope to buy the property in the next several months. It combines all of the requirements we would want in a facility including: a commercial kitchen and full ADA compliance, to be the perfect space for us. An enormous thank you to Pastor Belle for agreeing to rent the space to us until we can raise the funds to purchase it.
Secondly, in an abundance of caution, the Canton Center had to close this past week until Nov. 15th due to a positive COVID case. We take our kid's and staff's safety very seriously.
Thirdly, Nic, our DRC-East apprentice, is looking to get a subscription to MineCraft Realms for all of our kiddos. This is just one opportunity to sponsor specific subscriptions. You will find our Funding Appeal below or click here to go to the Donation page. You can specify what you would like your contribution to go towards in your message to us. Find Nic's message below -
We are looking for a sponsor to help fund a Minecraft Realms server! This would allow students to connect with friends in a virtual world and show off creativity in a virtual setting with their peers. Every month there will be a building prompt for the students, and the buildings that follow said prompt they complete will be "screenshotted" for social media to show how creative all of us can be. If you're willing to help, all we need is $96/year or $8/month to keep a creative space for students flourishing and functional. Thank you for your time, and we hope you have a wonderful November! - Nic
DRC Funding Appeal