Tag Archives: energizing

Halfway through summer already?!

6 Jul

Is it really halfway through summer already? I am never ready for summer’s halfway realization the July 4th holiday brings each year. I’m usually faced with a little sadness that the fun days of summer are on the downswing, but also experiencing a little excitement for the upcoming school year.

This summer has a little more time realization (panic?) along with it as the CreateAthon onCampus interns realized we were already more than halfway to completing our independent studies this summer. I can say with certainty the past couple of group meetings have been refreshing and encouraging. One such meeting with held with CreateHere co-founder, Helen Johnson. She encouraged us to think of our work as templates for future CreateAthon onCampus events and that the work we are completing this summer has the potential to be utilized by other classes and schools. That visualization helped us to keep our projects focused on readability for everyone and keep it human. Knowing our work has some potential staying power is major encouragement.

At the end of the summer, we will update the blog with some of the specific projects we’ve worked on this summer that include branding work, heading up some tutoring programs for Dalewood, and other reading motivational/school spirit items. I can say that we would not be working on these summer projects if our passion wasn’t already behind CreateAthon onCampus and Dalewood. A challenge behind many 24-hour events, like CreateAthon, is that they fail to live beyond those initial 24 hours. These summer independent studies are working against that challenge to bring even more excitement to CreateAthonCHA. We’ve met our “clients”, or the students, and their faces continue to serve as motivation beyond a typical target audience.


I Can…

9 Apr

Here are a few of the things the CreateAthon team wrote on our t-shirts.

…be apart of something big.

…be independent

…succeed in school

…change my community

…help others

…accomplish goals

…follow my dreams

…be a leader

…create my own world

…encourage others

…act on my dreams


…go places

…make a difference

…be creative

…experience life

….do it all

…adapt to new things

…do something daring


…have courage

…prove a point

…never stop learning

…get it done

UTC Students working hard on their projects. Photo Credit: UTC Department of Art, CreateAthonCHA 2011

Video: Pep Rally at Dalewood Middle School

8 Apr

Just a quick video of the pep rally at Dalewood Middle this morning. Watching this video is keeping us going, reminding us of the amazing kids and teachers that we’re working for here. When we get tired or frustrated (yes, it does happen), we watch this video. Of all the tips we just posted, this is by far the most energizing thing on our list. It feels so wonderful to be working so hard for such awesome kids.

How can you stay energized? (8pm Hourly Update)

8 Apr

We had an awesome dinner, and are back into the full swing here at CreateAthon onCampus! As we reach the sunset, we’re starting to find ourselves in need of some extra energy! We’ve worked out a few methods to keep our energy up, and would like to share them with you (for when you do a CreateAthon event, wink wink!) So here it is:

How to stay energized

Tips from the pros at CreateAthon onCampus

  • Listen to some jammin tunes (we like Marvin Gaye and Queen)
  • Laughing
  • Thinking about all the awesome students and staff at Dalewood Middle

  • Stretching and doing yoga

  • Eating awesome food donated by awesome people
  • Collecting cans for charity
  • Dancing

  • Pump up the jam!

  • Singing
  • Kerning
  • Creative people
  • Filling in our shirts with all the awesome things we can do
  • Taking a quick bike ride up and down the street

  • Lots of coffee
  • Good friends
  • Plenty of Red Bull