I did something that made me feel good today. Today was a rotten day at work and, of course, life has been kind of down around here with mother in law's terminal illness. And, after reading Star's anonymous gift thread, I thought I'd share my experience. Duckie's school district has an extensive music program and there is a parent booster club in place but the club is only in its second full year so it doesn't have the resources to do a whole lot yet. They do have a t-shirt sale where students can purchase a personalized tee. I ordered one for Duckie the day the slip came home because she just loves music so much and has truly benefited from the program. $17.00 is a small amount to pay to support a program that gives your child direction. I, too, benefited from my school's music program when I was a child. The programming gave me something to do and helped to keep me busy and out of trouble in junior high and high school. I was a poor inner city kid from a broken and dysfunctional family so positive activities made a huge difference in my life. And that got me thinking. So the night I sent in Duckie's order I also emailed the booster club president (she's a fabulous reading teacher at Duckie's school) and asked her to get with Duckie's teachers to identify a student in financial need that wouldn't be able to get a t-shirt, let me know when the decision was made and I'd send in a check. I got the email from the booster president today that one of Duckie's fellow orchestra member's will be my beneficiary and I was so happy to write that check. I have no idea who the student is, but I hope that music gives him/her the direction, discipline and acceptance it gave me. It's the best $17.00 I've spent in a very long time.