My students are making waves in Bulgaria!

My students are very tech savvy, and they’ve been putting their skills to good use. At this point, we’ve had about a half-dozen Bulgarian celebrities post our cause on Facebook, and some have also committed to making a donation. While I’m not very in tune with Bulgarian pop culture, it’s been fun to see my students’ excitement when they successfully reach a famous actor or musician. It feels like every morning, I wake up to a new message in our class Facebook group about another supporter. Enjoy some of their updates!

But before you do, check out our video and fundraising page!

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One of the ways I am measuring the success of this campaign is the level of engagement with our local community and with Bulgarians. Seeing such overwhelming support in our first week is fantastic, and I anticipate it will only grow as we continue to get more media attention.

Also, don’t forget to follow our progress on social media. These accounts are run by my students to keep you updated!

I’m also pleased that this project is stretching my students’ language skills. They are having to translate messages, post social media content in both English and Bulgarian, and thank our donors in English. In one extreme case, I even had a student write an English/Bulgarian rap about building a school. This is his first foray into rapping, but I’m extremely proud of his valiant efforts to help spread our cause. He turned this project from an idea to a complete song and music video in less than a week! You can watch his video here:

I’m also encouraged by the fact that the rest of our school is rallying behind our cause. I have students from other classes individually going out to fundraise. Some are selling artwork, others are volunteering to perform at our upcoming charity concert, and some are even offering their own pocket change. The rest of the school has also been quite engaged in sharing our story on social media. Once again, I feel very fortunate to have so many passionate, creative, and intelligent students at Peyo Yavorov Foreign Language High School in Silistra!

As a side note, I enjoyed watching Duke knock off Michigan State last night. In Bulgaria, tip-off was at 1 a.m., but I managed to mostly fight off sleep until the very end. When Duke extended the lead to what felt like safe double-digits, I might have nodded off for a minute or two. We’ll have a tough match against Wisconsin tomorrow night, but it’s great to see Duke back in another National Championship game!

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