Hello everyone! I’m Jane, and I need your help to become Australia’s Chief Funster.
What is that, you ask? Tourism Australia is hosting a contest called ‘Best Jobs in the World’, a crowd-sourced competition in which six winners get selected to travel across Australia for 6 months and blog about our adventures. We had to submit a 30-second video to apply for the contest, and out of over 46,000 videos submitted, I have been selected as one of 25 shortlisted for the Chief Funster role. I know, I can’t believe it either!
During a live taping of the Colbert Report, I asked Stephen Colbert to make a video of the audience doing the Harlem Shake (I’m in the middle back with the red shirt!). This video went viral, and the Colbert Bump helped get me on the shortlist for Chief Funster.
Over the next two weeks, I’ve been tasked with sharing fun stories and getting awesome celebrities/people to support my application for the job. On Thursday, my life was made complete when I returned to the Colbert Report and got him to officially endorse me! But this is just the start. Now, I need the PolicyMic community to help me come up with fun and crazy stuff to get this job.
Unfortunately, before this story could be posted, Jane announced that she unsuccessful in her quest, despite the Bump. From her facebook page: “Guys, I did not make it to the next round. I want to say a HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone!! You have been so supportive through these past couple of weeks and just the greatest ever. I’m so touched! Thanks for being the best, I feel extremely lucky.”
We are glad to hear that she was able to get The Colbert Bump, and get The Harlem Shake going on at the TCR studio, though. It was a clever idea, and she would have made for a great “Chief Funster.” We wish her all the best.
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When I was a high-school student in Dallas, my math teacher Mrs. Bauer went to a conference and saw a demonstration of one of the first personal computers. She thought, These are going to be big. She enrolled in a night class in computer science so she could teach us how to use computers, even though she had to pay the tuition herself. Her dedication to bringing innovation into our classroom changed my life and launched a career I could never have imagined. How many of us had a teacher like Mrs. Bauer? Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to support the amazing educators who work so hard to expose their students to the world around them?
Well, we do, through DonorsChoose.org, which makes it easy to help teachers bring their ideas to life. DonorsChoose.org provides a simple way for people who want to lend a hand to help teachers meet their classroom needs.
Teaching is a very demanding job, and it’s even tougher if teachers don’t have a way to get the resources their students need. From kindergarten to high school, many public-school teachers routinely use their own money to buy materials for their classrooms, including basic items like pencils and books. If schools can’t provide more expensive supplies, such as those for a chemistry lab, students have to go without and their learning suffers.
Through DonorsChoose.org, anyone can be connected to a specific teacher in a specific school with a specific idea about a project for students. You can support teachers in your child’s school, in your community, or anywhere in the country. You can choose projects in particular subjects you find interesting, from math and science to the humanities.
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On behalf of the staff and community at Colbert News Hub, Happy Birthday to Stephen Colbert! In celebration of our fearless host’s birthday on Monday, May 13th, we are once again reactivating our DonorsChoose Page. Your generous contribution will not only honor Stephen in a practical and tangible way, but also help deserving schoolchildren in need of important tools for their education.
In an effort to mobilize our community to fund projects for the most deserving students, we tried to select the best possible theme for this year’s initiative. Shortly after watching the TCR interview with Charlie LeDuff and listening to his anguish about his native city of Detroit, we received a mass email from DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best. He voiced his concerns about Detroit-area schools, stating that “budget cuts and financial mismanagement have left many classrooms barren. Students and their families are suffering. Against these odds, dozens of Detroit teachers are using DonorsChoose.org to give their students a better chance.”
For that reason, our page is focusing on projects supporting children in Detroit. Here are a few we would like to help fund:
We thought that Stephen would approve of the science projects we selected on our page, as science-related topics have played such an important role on TCR.
Several projects are well on their way to being funded. They just need a little push to get the supplies finally to the teachers and kids. Colbert News Hub will get things going with a $50 donation. Help us celebrate Stephen’s birthday the best way we know how – by making a difference for our least little brothers and sisters. A little goes a long way.