In 2002, I was teaching math at Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, CA when a little girl named Tara asked me if I would be her fairy godmother. Ever since then, I have been mentoring children to help them achieve their educational goals. Each year, I have the privilege of mentoring at least one student, and each student has been accepted to secondary education institutions with scholarships and grants.
In addition to having students approach me for assistance, I have had colleagues and parents approach me for guidance and advice on educating their children in the most effective way. It took me a while to realize that I had the ability to help people with my knowledge and insight. And I've always wanted to help people on a bigger scale. That's when I began a mentoring service for students, teachers, and parents. From my experiences, I have realized that I can make a greater impact on children's lives outside the classroom than I can inside the classroom. Fifty minutes a day in the classroom is sometimes just not enough time to make a difference. All children want from the people they look up to in their lives is time. Time to talk. Time to listen. Time to make memories that will impact the type of person they will grow up to become. Time - It's that simple. It's a wonder why some of us never realize that.
Many people think that my students are lucky to have me. But the truth is - I am truly the lucky one. My children have taught me more than I could ever teach them in return. They have taught me what it means to be a human being on this earth and the responsibilities that come with a being human being in our society. They are also the ones who taught me that a good teacher grows with their students, just as a good parent also grows with their children. Every child is a gift, and how we respect them reflects how we respect ourselves.
I am truly grateful to have the privilege of being a part of my students' lives. I am also so grateful to all of the people who continue to be involved in making the world a better place through education. And on behalf of all of my fairy godchildren and their families, I would like to thank all of the supporters of our cause. Your support not only affects each child's future, but it also changes the fate of his/her whole family and ultimately the community they live in.
Therefore, your support is invaluable and we will forever be grateful. I would also like to give special thanks to the executive officers and board of directors who contributed their time, generosity, and support in making my lifelong dream of creating a nonprofit organization a reality. Last but not least, I would like to thank the lawyers at Public Counsel for their time and hard work in representing us. I will be forever grateful!
The legend of fairies exists in almost every culture and is most common in Europe. The legend of fairies spread to America during the colonization period and is still popular in the Appalachians, Ozarks, and other remote mountainous regions. For centuries, literature all over the world have told tales of fairies and their relationships with humans. Fairies are mentioned in the Sanskrit gandharva, the nymphs of the Greeks and Homer, the jinni of Arabic mythology, and other folk characters of the Samoans, Arctic, and other indigenous Americans.
Some Christians believe that fairies were the ancestors of the ancient pagan gods who have been replaced by newer deities. It is said that the fairies were also aristocratic and had monarchs; for example, in County Galway, Fin Bheara and Nuala were the king and queen. In Whales, the king and queen of the fairies were known as the Tylwyth Teg-were Gwydion ab Don and Gwenhidw. Shakespeare depicts the fairy rulers in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Oberon and Titania. During the 16th and 17th centuries, belief in fairies was at its peak and they were given magical characteristics. The activities of fairies and witches were frequently combined. Both cast and broke spells; both also healed people, and divined lost objects and the future. Fairies are mostly believed to be nature spirits who exist in the in between (between worlds).
They are also believed to be ubiquitous and are among the many spirits that populate all things and places on earth. Some believe that they resemble humans in size and place themselves in positions in society with power or influence, and act as guardian angels. Their purpose here on earth is to help mankind by granting good people wishes, especially those wishes of children.