THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who have helped Willow Wind, a student at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine.
Good news! With your help, we raised the $5,750 needed to help high school student Willow Wind get to the New York Times Summer Academy! Her tuition is paid and she’s taking the train to CT where I will pick her up and take her to NYC on July 7.
That said, I’d like to raise a bit more to give her spending money and to reimburse a few expenses. Can you contribute?
A few folks at her school have been huge supporters in this — Last night, her math teacher who is also my dear friend from high school, Lisa Russell, held a bake sale bingo and raised over $550! The Food and Nutrition Director at the school, Jeanne Lapointe, who has also donated, has been instrumental in both communicating information to me about Willow and for buying her train ticket to Connecticut.
Anyway, you have my wholesale gratitude. I couldn’t have done this without every single one of you.
$4,160 in donations and another +/- $1,600 to go! I’m sure the BAKER’S BINGO sale on JUNE 11th in Rumford, organized by Lisa Russell and the MVHS student council will help!
Yes, I am trying raise money to send a kid from my hometown to attend the New York Times Summer Academy, where she’s been accepted but cannot afford. Together we have raised $3,425. If you can spare $10, $50, $100, we still need to raise $2,300 more.
Kids from rural, isolated working-class towns who don’t have money for such things, simply never get a chance. And the literary and journalism industries suffer for it. Email me on the TELL ME YOUR STORY page and I’ll email you with how to make a donation.
Willow Wind, a high school student from my hometown—a small, rural, isolated town in Western Maine–has been accepted to attend the New York Times Summer Academy, a pre-college program that readies ambitious, smart, and skilled teens for a professional path in writing and journalism.
The program costs $5,750. Not including incidentals. Willow’s family can only contribute $200. I am raising money for her to attend. As of 4/1, friends have donated $2,175. I hope you can help me raise the rest. By May 1, 2018.
If you are disadvantaged — by gender, race, socioeconomic status, geographically, age, etc—it is very difficult to have a career in writing, publishing, or the literary industry. Willow deserves this chance. I hope you can help.
To donate, send me a note via the “Tell Me a Story” page. Your email will not be made public and I will give you the payment particulars. I accept
- Google Pay
- Editors, agents, writers, journalists: Considering letting me introduce you to Willow this summer? It would be a great way for her to meet members of the literary community
Here’s what I will do:
- Return any extra monies to you the same way you paid me.
- Be grateful.
- Publish a running list of DONORS
- Give you free services or advice – on your manuscript or book proposal (limited pages!), website design, home décor, your closet, snowboarding or skiing skills, your baseball swing, cooking, gardening, organizing your home – all industries and jobs I’ve had (in order to be a writer).
- Drive Willow to NYC and show her around, give her a MetroCard, and donate money to this fund.
More about Willow — I met Willow a few times when in Maine at home doing fieldwork for my book, and she interviewed me for her school newspaper. She is smarter than me. She is probably smarter than most of her teachers. She is shy to a fault, but tenacious at the same time. I saw her get on skis for the first time in her life and it took her about three hours to make it down the beginner slope. You know what she did? She took the chairlift right back to the top as soon as she reached the bottom.