Yes, I’m roadtripping for education :)

28 Feb

MONSTER thanks to my dear friends who got this message via e-mail from me. The support is POURING in and I’m so grateful so many others are willing to help me do great things for good causes. xoxo.

For those of you who didn’t know, I’m competing in a national road trip challenge hosted by Chevrolet next week to SXSWi (the mack grandaddy of all digital media/interactive conferences) in Austin, TX. The only team representing any west coast town is ours, and is made up of me and four other awesome chicks from LA. We call ourselves the SXSWAngels to represent our final destination point and the City of Angels.

What does this trip entail? Lots of the details are being kept a secret by Chevy to make our trip a little more sporadic than others, but we do know that we’ll be completing do-gooder challenges in the communities we pass through on our way to Austin. What does that mean? We could be walking dogs at a local shelter in Arizona after our lunch or making a pit stop in New Mexico to help beautify a garden. We’re not sure on the specifics yet, but we do know that we’re going to be helping others as we drive. And the whole way down, we’ll be sharing our journey instantly with our followers online.

One of the outtakes from our photo session. L-R: Besty, me+pole, Amara, Megan, Briana

In the week leading up to the trip, all ChevySXSW teams are competing to raise funds for our national partner, Adopt-A-Classroom. This organization provides teachers additional financial support so they can provide the tools necessary for students to excel in the classroom (instead of the teachers buying everything out of their own pockets).

Here’s a few ways you can help us help Adopt-A-Classroom:

  • Give by telling your story. Glass (a pretty sweet browser tool) is donating $1 for every person who writes a brief shoutout to their favorite teacher on their Facebook wall by March 10. Click HERE to like their Facebook page and share your story.
  • We created some pretty sweet and affordable sponsorship opportunities that are still up for grabs – we made sure to make them as interactive as possible. If you want to control where we eat lunch one day or get a grasp on the gas prices along the route, consider checking them out HERE.
  • We’re also rallying in our “a dollar per mile” challenge, hoping to raise $1,400 to represent the 1,400 miles we’ll be driving in less than three days. Want to have a chunk of road or just one mile dedicated to you while we’re on the road?  Chip in via our ChipIn.
  • If you’re in LA, come to our SXSWAngels Sendoff Soiree this Thursday at Sublime Food Lounge. A portion of all food & drink purchases will go directly to our fundraising efforts.
  • Follow our journey! We’ve been blogging for a few weeks about our experiences as a new team, updating our Facebook and Twitter feeds (if you’re on Twitter, cheer us on using the all-team hashtag #chevysxsw), and will have a TON more platforms open for following once we’re on the road – all that information will be on our website.

I hope you’ll follow our fun journey to SXSW next week (we’re on the road March 8-10) and consider helping Adopt-A-Classroom if feasible. Thanks!



3 Responses to “Yes, I’m roadtripping for education :)”

  1. Kyle Magin February 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Good luck Kaylee. Cool idea.


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