February 13, 2009
Thanks to the incredible initiative of students, Darius Goes West is extremely excited to announce a big new program.
Morgan County High School (above), Jamesville DeWitt Middle School, I.S. 109, I.S. 528 and Savannah Country Day School are all incredible schools, filled with wonderful students and faculty members. They’ve helped Darius’s cause in the past, and they kept trying to think bigger. How, they asked themselves, can we make the most impact on Darius’s disease?
Their answer: reach out to other students. Not just some students, not just any students. Morgan County decided to hand-write a letter endorsing Darius Goes West to every single public high school in the country!
JDMS, likewise, decided every public middle school should get one, too! So, JDMS, I.S. 528, and I.S. 109 teamed up on the middle schools, with MCHS taking high schools. And Savannah Country Day stepped up to write to private middle and high schools.
Collectively, they would reach out to nearly 50,000 schools!
What’s more, the fine people at Advanced Turbine Support were so moved by the students’ leadership that they underwrote the cost to include a DVD of Darius Goes West along with each of the letters!
We at Darius Goes West are ecstatic at this chance to enlist so many students in Darius’s fight to eradicate Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and we are inspired by the lead the students of MCHS and JDMS have taken.
They crowded the halls, they stayed after school, and they GOT IT DONE!
February 12, 2009, the last of the mailers were sent out to the schools of America.
This took hard work on so many levels: students at the schools, teachers and faculty (especially Heather Meyer and Melissa Dardaris at JDMS, Mark Wilson from MCHS, Tristan Wright at I.S. 528, Ginny Coyne at I.S. 109), Gail MacPherson at SCDS, and supporters who devoted their time to on-line volunteering to help us maximize the impact of these mailings. Our on-line volunteers ensure that more DVDs get seen. There’s still time to volunteer! Just write to AndrewDGW@gmail.com with the subject line “VOLUNTEER” for more info.
All in all, THOUSANDS of people helped make this happen. Darius and crew cannot express how much we’re moved by such an ocean of support. Thank you!!!
BUT: we’re not done yet. Now, the goal is to make these DVDs seen. Do you know a student, teacher, faculty member, or parent at a middle or high school? Tell them to look out for the Darius Goes West mailer–it’s going to the guidance office–and give them YOUR endorsement of Darius Goes West. Help us motivate students across the nation to take up Darius’s cause!
ALSO: We encourage anyone, especially students and teachers from participating schools, to join the million DVD brainstorm in the Darius Goes West Community Forum. Click here to check it out.
20,982 DVDs sold!