My first platform appearance is complete! This past Thursday I had the pleasure of being Waseca Rotary's guest speaker. It was a little bumpy, but I've found that my first platform presentation always has its quirks. Now that I have the first one under my belt, I know my next presentation can only go that much better. I also had the opportunity to share my Facebook experiment with them. Last week I uploaded the picture to the left. The sign says, "I'm talking to students about Internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this please click 'like' and 'share.' Thanks!!" Over the next week, I received over 350 shares, and the number is still growing. This is a warning to Internet users everywhere to think twice before posting something on the Internet. Whether it be a comment on someone else's post or uploading a post of your own, never click "post" without discretion. You never know just who or how many people will be seeing what you say or do. The conversations I shared with individuals after my presentation were incredible. The reason I believe internet and social media safety is so important is because I feel that so many parents fear social media sites, and I believe this fear comes from a simple lack of knowledge. By educating parents on the abilities of specific apps and by encouraging youth to think twice before posting, I know I am helping prevent cyberbullying and interaction with online predators, and that is exactly what my mission is as Miss South Central. Thank you again to the Waseca Rotary for having me and being such a wonderful group.
I've always been a huge advocate for the breakfast for dinner movement. This evening, Megan and I volunteered at the Burnsville iHop for the National Pancake Day fundraiser. Every year on March 8th, iHop restaurants celebrate the holiday by giving out a free short-stack of pancakes to every customer who walks through their doors between 7am and 7pm. In return for their free stack of pancakes, customers are encouraged to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2006, the fundraiser has raised over $20 million dollars to support CMN hospitals. This event is truly incredible...not to mention delicious. It may have been 7:05 when we got our table, but we were still treated to warm plates of pancakes. Thanks again to the wonderful employees of the Burnsville iHop for having us!
This is Kaden Peirce. At just 8 years old, Kaden has been diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and a brainstem glioma. Kaden's episodes occur once a month and last 3-5 days. Needless to say, this kid is tough. It's kids like Kaden that remind me that God gave me two hands, one for helping myself, and the other for helping others. The community of Waseca amazed me once again by literally packing the legion with family, friends, and strangers all in hopes of making Kaden's fight a little easier. Funds were raised through a silent auction, a live auction, a bake sale, and carnival games and will help Kaden and his family with medical, traveling expenses, and lost time at work. Just before ending the event, Megan and I got to help present the Peirce family with a $1,000 check from Sleigh and Cutter to send them on a vacation this summer. We may not have reached a cure for Kaden this afternoon, but we did see the incredible things that can happen when a community comes together for a cause. Thank you for letting us help out today, and keep fighting Kaden.
Thank you for visiting my blog! Come back often as I will update with pictures and journal about various appearances I make, share my platform, and prepare for Miss Minnesota in June!