It's hard to believe that we are only halfway through this year, and many of us have given up even trying to track time. The lockdown, due to Covid-19, has changed our lives by wreaking havoc with our routines, whether in our working lives, guiding our children's lives, or just going to the grocery store. But this time has not been wasted because while the country was placed on lockdown due to the pandemic, Americans took to the streets to express their outrage after George Floyd took his last breath under the knee of a murdering police officer in Minneapolis. But Floyd did not die in vain because his final breath brought new life to the Black Lives Matter movement which quickly spread throughout the country, and then around the world. The times they are a'changing, as the unity of millions crying out for social justice have laid the groundwork of hope for a better future for all.
As if we don't have enough on our plates, July finds us all caught in the middle of an election year that has been, and will continue to be, filled with turmoil. Much is at stake, no matter which Party affiliation you identify with, but one thing is for sure, 2020 has taught us a lot about ourselves, our families, friends and our leadership, both at the state and federal levels. This is a good time to take stock of who we want to be, who we want our children to be, and who we want our neighbors to be, in this changing world. We have the opportunity to heal old wounds and plants seeds for new growth in all directions.
During this time of major upheaval, the country has stood united, in mutual awe of teachers, students and parents all rising to the occasion of working together to accomplish the important task of distance learning so that children of all ages could continue their studies under these difficult circumstances. Many educators, parents and students still have no idea whether or not schools will be open for the Fall session, or if parents feel safe sending their kids to school, or if teachers feel safe teaching in the classroom, but we know that working together, we will find what works for all of us.
In the midst of the world seemingly going off the rails, The Wright-Stuff Chics presented their first Virtual Teach Your Heart Out Conference which was such an enormous success, that we will be following it up with another virtual conference in November!
Finally, summer is usually a time for many of us to relax, enjoy family, take a vacation or simply take it down to a slower pace. But this summer finds many families still on lockdown, some unemployed, some too afraid to leave their home due to the virus, some not sure they will even have a home after their unemployment runs out, and some just trying to find some kind of normalcy in the midst of these uncertain times. But one thing is for sure, we are all in this together, and together we will come through.
TEACH YOUR HEART OUT
Our first virtual conference was held on July 13-14, and it was a great success and attendees have given high praise for all of the presenters!!! The Self-Care session got a lot of attention which is not surprising after such a taxing school year, and with another one on the horizon. The next virtual conference will be held on November 6-7. For more information on presenters, session topics, and registration, please click on this link. https://www.tyho.live/
The Wright Stuff Chics Online Boutique
We have lots of great specials and some wonderful new merchandise in our boutique so make sure to check in!!
Every purchase of our Black Lives Matter tee will go toward helping us to provide 5,000 Middle and High School classrooms with a set of black authored books. For more information please click here #Blackauthored. Thank you @mrdearybury for curating the collection of books!
Order our Black Lives Matter tees here and support our school book drive!!
By popular demand...Gerry Brooks "Suriously" mugs are in the boutique!!
Gerry Brooks mug by Rae Dunn
We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting us because we couldn't do what we do FOR YOU, without you!! We also want to remind everyone to take care of yourselves, and each other, because as we always say, we are all in this together.
Stay well, stay safe, and keep the faith for better days ahead.
Lisa, Tosha and the Wright Stuff Chics Team
Hope - Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!! In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us - A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.
- Barack Obama