Contest: "Bunting's 11 (and 1/3)"
(Confused? No problem: I'm having a contest, to raise money for underfunded public schools. Read all about it here.)
It's a gamble.
I want us to raise $150,000 this year — $210,000, if we can manage it. Everybody's out of work and broke and freaking out, and yet I roll the dice and ask for more money than we've ever raised before.
Why would I do a damn-fool thing like that?
Well, magic doesn't come to those who don't expect it, but it's not just that I expect magic from you guys, although I do. It's that, all over the country, kids don't expect magic — and they should.
Kids should get psyched about the next book in a series. Kids should wake up on Thursday, feel grumpy, and then remember that it's art class today — or dance, or Nerf football, or frog dissection, whatever they're into. Kids should come home and drive their older siblings bazoo showing off how they can tell time, add fractions, or follow a recipe.
And all over the country, kids can't do that stuff, because everybody's broke and out of work and freaking out, including their parents and teachers, and kids can't do a damn thing about it, either, because they don't vote and they can't get jobs that pay worth a damn.
Kids should expect magic — and when a classroom gets a project funded via Donors Choose, magic comes. Magic, hope, Santa, call it whatever you want: kids should have it to believe in. This grownup knows it's real, because she sees you yank a rabbit made of sawbucks out of that hat every year.
We can pull off this heist, you guys. We'll raise the money, you'll win the loot, and when it's done, we'll have pulled off one of the biggest scores in internet history.
The assault on the vault begins at 12:01 AM, tonight. Stay tuned for the prize list, the contest FAQ, and an updated Donors Choose widget; share this video everywhere you can; and bet red.
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