Quota International of East Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Our Quota Cares Month project
Quota International of East Memphis celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with the hearing impaired children at two Memphis City Schools. These schools house the self-contained classes for these children. White Station Elementary serves the Oral Hearing Impaired program and Sea Isle Elementary serves the Total Communication program. We invited local celebrities (Tim Simpson from WREG TV and Justin Willingham from National Public Radio affiliate 91.1FM) to come and read Dr. Seuss books to the children. After storytime the children were invited to eat cupcakes and juice and sing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss. Then each child was given a book of their own to take home with a book plate with their name. The books for the children in the Total Communication program included pictures of sign language interpretations of the book. For many of these children this is the first book they have ever owned that included sign language. Quota members were delighted to see how happy the children were to have a book of their own. We watched as some of the children sat down and opened the book to read with smiles on their faces. Each child also received a bookmark with a quote from a favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” The quote is, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” On the back of the bookmark is a picture of our club members and a note, “From your friends…
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
We encourage the teachers and staff at the schools to consider Quota as their community organization. So far we have not gained any new members, but several have shown interest. Photos were sent to our reader from WREG TV and from NPR 91.1 FM and thank you’s were sent to their station managers. Photos and descriptions of the activities were sent to our contact at the newspaper.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
Our club always benefits from our projects through working together to achieve our goals. Members contribute in many different ways. Some serve on the planning committee, others contact the schools and guest speakers, while others design and print bookmarks and bookplates. Some of our books could be purchased locally, but the sign language books had to be selected according to the age and gender of each child, then ordered. This year we had several new members participate in going to the schools and helping with the birthday party. This always helps them understand Quota service projects. After the events, photos were sent to the members to enjoy. All of our members participated in this event in one way or another.
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