Monday, November 22, 2021

"What if today, we were just grateful for everything?" Charlie Brown

 

                                                                  Better Homes & Gardens

I believe that Thanksgiving 2021 will be one of the most appreciated holidays in recent memory.  Last year, the COVID scare kept families apart for the holiday.  With the advent of vaccines and new treatments, even though people are still frightened, they seem to be a little more willing to get together.  The day should be WONDERFUL! 

I will be driving 70 miles to be with my brother and his family in Mercer, PA.  Not all extended family members will be present - they were just diagnosed with COVID.  The older folks among us all have our vaccines and boosters, and some of the others have a natural immunity, since they had COVID earlier this year.  I am looking forward to Thanksgiving Day.  It such a great holiday, all about food and family, and I don't have to buy presents!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with the ones you love, with the attitude of gratitude.

"What if today, we were just grateful for everything?"  Charlie Brown 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

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Monday, November 15, 2021

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa

 

                                                                    AZ Quotes 


I recently stopped by a PNC Bank branch to drop off a $50 check for the KDKA Turkey Fund.  I was thinking back through the years, and wondered how many years this fund has been collected.  The answer is 40 years, and this was my 40th year to donate. 

The premise is simple:  lots of families in the Pittsburgh area are food insufficient every day, and the Turkey Fund helps them to have enough to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving, a true American holiday.  By the way,  the fund has raised nearly $19 million dollars in those 40 years, which feeds a lot of folks!

I can remember my first contribution in 1981.  I was newly married, and my (late) husband and I saw the advertisement on television, requesting a $10 donation.  Back in 1981, $10 went a lot further than it does now!  We were happy to give.  For years thereafter, even when Scott was dying of cancer for almost 3 years, and he had no income, only a lot of medical bills, and I was working many extra jobs, we managed to scrape together the donation.  Why?  Because food is important.  Family is important. And sharing is important.

I am sure that many other cities across the United States have similar programs, but this is the one that touches my heart.  Thanksgiving is still 10 days away.  There is still time to share with others in your own community or in the Pittsburgh community. 

For information on giving to the Pittsburgh KDKA Turkey Fund, check out this link:

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/kdka-tv-turkey-fund/

For information about the 40 year history of The Turkey Fund, follow this link:

https://marketshare.tvnewscheck.com/2021/10/13/kdka-turkey-fund-celebrates-40-years-of-helping-local-families/ 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

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Monday, November 8, 2021

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Ronald Reagan

QuoteKind


This past week, I upgraded the router, booster, and the four television boxes in my house.  (Yes, I live alone, but I have four televisions!)  I did not know how to do most of this, but after watching a few YouTube videos, I was confident and able to complete the tasks at hand.  Next, I had to put five old television boxes (I got rid of an old set), the old router, and the old router booster into one big box.  I then had to get that box into the trunk of my car, and then to a UPS store.  

When I first moved to my new condo after my husband died, I bought a little dolly to help me to move heavy things.  I think it cost about $40, but it has been invaluable these past 10 years.  When I got to the UPS store, I got the dolly out of the back of the SUV, then, with a lot of effort, I lifted the giant box out and put it on the ground.  I was trying to get the box on the dolly when I nice young man saw me struggling and asked it I needed help.  I answered yes.  He lifted the heavy box and walked it right inside the UPS store, put it on the counter (I was not the next person in line) and said, "Hey, Bud, I am putting this heavy box up here for this nice lady."  I thanked him, adding that life was certainly more difficult since my husband died, but that he had made my burden that morning so much lighter.  He politely said, "You're welcome.  Have a nice day," and went on his way. 

I will be 69 years old this month, and with my increasing age, I find many things to be more challenging than they used to be.  Arthritis and  joint pain have forced me to have limitations.  For years, I was the one who was helping strangers, and on Saturday, I became the recipient of kindness from a stranger.  That kindness made my day. 

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."  Ronald Reagan 

Be safe.  Be kind. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

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Monday, November 1, 2021

"How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything."

 

                                                                      QUOTE MASTER

 

I always look for the positive stories to share with my readers, and I found a great one for this week!  It has to do with kids who have special needs, illnesses, or issues, and how to two people have helped them to see themselves differently.

A photographer and his wife, Josh and Roxanna Rossi, spend their own money having costumes made for their subjects, and then photographing them for various projects. John is a commercial photographer in Salt Lake City who has found a higher calling.  I saw this story on CBS SUNDAY MORNING on October 31, 2021, and I liked it so much, I have gone back to watch the video several more times. The way these two gifted people make their child subjects feel like superheroes is absolutely amazing, as well as transformational!  Not only does the child forget about his illness/issue for a few hours, but the child also gains a whole new perspective on himself, as see in the video. 

Roxanna and Josh make each chlld and his/her parents feel so special.  They have a costume designer who makes each individual costume specifically for the child, which is very expensive. During a typical photo shoot, Josh captures over 500-1000 images of the child, many with special effects in mind, then he uses his own magic to make the pictures something uniquely wonderful.  The photos are stunning. 

When you watch the story, take note of how the pictures changed the kids' perceptions.  One boy with a major heart issue now sees himself as "different" in a good way!  A boy who was bullied took his superhero picture to school, and the bullies apologized to him, and now leave him alone. These stories made me cry and cheer at the same time. I love and admire the work the Josh and Roxanna Rossi are doing for some very special child heroes. 

Give yourself a treat - watch the clip from CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVUq4lBHE4E

To visit Josh's website and find out more about his work, please go to http://www.joshrossi.com  

"How others see you is not important.  How you see yourself means everything." 


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it." Knute Rockne

 

                                                                             AZ QUOTES 


I saw the last few moments of a story this week that touched my heart, and I had to go online to find out the rest of the story. I found it to be so inspiring, that I am writing my weekly post about it!  As teachers, parents, and coaches, we try to do our best to teach sportsmanship.  We look for examples to share to illustrate what true sportsmanship really is.  This story defines sportsmanship perfectly.

A senior named Brandon Schutt is a runner for the Bellevue HS team, which is in Nebraska.  When he was closing in on the finish line, he saw Blake Cerveny, an opponent,  collapse in the track. Rather than run past him, Brandon helped to get the runner to his feet, and by holding him up, the two crossed the finish line together.  

In an interview, Brandon noted that when he saw the runner collapse, he remembered when the same thing happened to him about a month before. Brandon knew the feeling, and his empathy and caring  kicked in.  Brandon sacrificed a win for himself to help a runner who was not even on his same team.

Sports offer so many life lessons to players, coaches, and spectators.  This lesson of exemplary sportsmanship by helping others, rather than seeking the self-glory, is one that everyone can learn from.  When asked in an interview about the most important lesson learned from this event, Brandon answered: "Even if it is an individual sport, you're still in this with your team mates and opponents; you're going through the same thing."  

I feel sure that Brandon's parents, teachers, coaches, and team mates are so proud of him.  I am proud of him, and I don't even know him!  What a fine example he has given to the world.

If you would like to see a delightful interview with this outstanding young man, please click on the link below/

https://www.newsnationnow.com/heroes/sportsmanship-is-winner-in-dramatic-end-to-cross-country-race/ 

"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it."  Knute Rockne  

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Special Olympics Athlete Oath

 

                                                                   
                                                                Bits of Positivity 

                        

I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the City of Champions.  Pittsburgh boasts three great sports teams.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 Super Bowl championships, The Pittsburgh penguins have won 5 Stanley Cups; and The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the World Series 5 times.  Pittsburgh also has some of the most generous and giving players on their professional teams, and today I want to focus on Joe Hayden, cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steeler, who was recently named Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics.  This two-time pro bowl player knows all about people with special needs, because of his little brother, Jacob.  Jacob has a cognitive disorder that makes it impossible for him to speak.  Always protective of Jacob since they were children, 9 year-old Joe once saved Jacob's life, when the 4 year-old was drowning in a swimming pool.

Joe Hayden personifies kindness and compassion  He sees the similarities in people, rather than their differences.  Joe understands the passion to play and the desire to have fun with friends transcends any disability!  Joe and the Pittsburgh Steelers have done so much for their "special" friends.

Here is the link to an interview with number 23, Joe Hayden.  Please allow yourself a few minutes to watch - I promise you will be uplifted.  As soon as I saw this clip on television, I knew it would be my inspirational topic for this week's post. Professional athletes have so much influence on our culture, and it is so wonderful to see Joe Hayden's positive outreach in the global community.

https://www.today.com/video/pittsburgh-steelers-player-talks-about-his-work-with-special-olympics-123832389885

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
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Monday, October 11, 2021

"Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Jack Canfield


                                                                       Quote Fancy 


I can remember the first time I ever read this quote - it was on the door of the health teacher's room at my school, more than 20 years ago.  A lover of provocative quotes, I thought about the perfect wording of this quote and the simple and heartfelt message.

I saw a story on CBS by Steve Hartman that personifies this quote.  I was so inspired by Susan Thompson-Gaines, the woman in the story, that I want to share it with you.  

Susan Thompson-Gaines lives in Arlington, VA.  She collects items from her neighbors and town, and then has a gigantic yard sale.  This year marked her third annual yard sale.  She made $12,000, and every day she spends a little of the money on random acts of kindness.  She might buy donuts for some nurses, or a homecoming dress for a needy teen, but she tries to do something every day.  Susan says when you look for ways to show kindness, you will find many.

I am inspired by this story, and by Susan herself.  She says that doing acts of kindness has made her a much happier person, and with all she ought at the yard sale, a brand new box of PURPOSE was the best purchase. :)  You have to love her outlook!

I agree with Susan.  Being in the classroom and coaching for almost 40 years was where I felt happiest, because I could help more than one person every day.  By the way,  I still work to perform at least one act of kindness per day.  

To view Steve Hartman's take on this delightful and inspiring story, please click on this link

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yard-sale-funds-random-acts-of-kindness/   

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

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