I would like my $1000 donation to go to Blackstone Bikes, an organization at Hyde Park that fixes bikes and teaches children after-school. They really help disadvantaged kids with education, science, English, math, the whole shebang, and they also support an activity that Austin and I love, being outdoors. I vividly remember meeting Austin at the farmer's market by the shop one day for purchasing picnic foods that we took to Jackson park. Austin and I got in an idyllic bike-ride down to Chicago and were planning longer endeavors- though I know Austin was humoring my preference, given that his walking took him as far as my biking!! I volunteered some at this shop and love both the environment, the greasy bustle of bike fixing and the chatter of mischievous kids and exasperated/grinning tutors. I wish I had spent more time there at Hyde Park.
Blackstone bikes has indicated to me that they would like to attend a conference in Seattle, and that such a donation in Austin's memory is enough for this purpose. I would therefore like to support their attendance at the conference!!
I've also made my decision for Austin's 12 days of Christmas. I would like to give $500 dollars to the California Academy of Sciences. This is one of the most amazing museums I've ever been to, and I want to contribute to an organization that educates the public and encourages younger visitors to pursue their interests in science. I think Austin would want to extend his passion onto the next generation of scientists.
I would also like to give $500 to Achievement First Public Charter Schools of New Haven. Since I have been given the opportunity to study in New Haven, I would like to begin giving back to that community.
Again, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in Austin's 12 days of Christmas, this means so much to me.