Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The new year often brings about new ideas to help others with their stamp endeavours.
"Kids Need Stamps" has decided to sponsor official stamp clubs throughout the country. At the moment we are focusing on those clubs already in existence in a semi or formal manner. This seems to be the best method to help grow these get-togethers into something more organized and stocked with more stamps and other supplies. Teachers in these settings can concentrate more on creative lessons than worrying about stamps and supplies.
The conditions are pretty simple:
Need to have an official name and meeting place
Need to have at least 4 kids in attendance
Need to have a committed teacher/director
Need to be inclusive and not ban kids due to race or gender*
(I'm not the politically-correct type, but when parents ask for certain stamps and only want 1 gender in their class---well, finance your own values,--- hope you get my point)
I am still putting together the official stamp club supply list but obviously it will include stamps, hinges, envelopes, blocks, and a few other goodies I am working on.
We are also getting official stamp club stickers for all the kids.
Stay tuned for more news and details.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
My first African-American stamp was Paul Lawrence Dunbar, a black inventor. There have been dozens of black American heroes printed ever since. We are even blessed with an African-American President, Barack H. Obama, who will also have his own US stamp one day.
Some collectors of African-America heritage use the dozens of Black American Hero stamps to teach their children the powerful roots of their heritage. This is another excellent example of stamp collecting instructing children on powerful life lessons.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We are currently living in the days of tight budgets and dollars stretched to the max.
In comes stamp collecting as an inexpensive hobby and a priceless education.
Consider the following:
These are but a few examples of exposure and world education a vibrant stamp collection provides a curious child.
Keep those requests coming and keep those comments flying.