Help My After-School Board Games Club!
$300 raised
37% of $810 goal
14 contributors
5 Years running
Do you think schools should be as fun as possible?
Do you like the idea of children making new friends and learning valuable skills while sharing a laugh?
Yeah, me too!

As a preservice teacher in 2012 I began voluntarily operating an after-school ...
Do you think schools should be as fun as possible?
Do you like the idea of children making new friends and learning valuable skills while sharing a laugh?
Yeah, me too!

As a preservice teacher in 2012 I began voluntarily operating an after-school board games club for upper primary students called 'Empire'. Why a games club? Well, modern board games offer children an opportunity to enjoy themselves while developing mental faculties in a highly engaging face-to-face environment. From supporting cooperative learning to strengthening critical thinking and numeracy skills, board games put the play back in learning!

Up until this point I have relied on my extensive personal collection of games (costing over $1500 and endless hours of reading/watching game reviews) to support Empire. After running the club for one term I see that in order to be efficient, engaging and fair to students I require multiple copies of the games I currently have. After finishing my Master of Teaching (Primary) I do not currently have the funds to do this, which is why I humbly and with deep appreciation ask for your assistance now.

I have run countless games nights for adults in Perth here (Ultimate Werewolf being the game of choice) over the last two years and truly enjoy seeing old and new friends face-to-face in this increasingly computerised world.

Please help me offer a grandiose Empire to schools throughout the Perth region! Demand has been more than triple what I have able to accomodate - and I want to minimise the number of students who miss out. Every single student who attended the final Empire Session of Term 3, 2012 wanted to continue next term.

I have written a full proposal for why board games are beneficial to children's learning - if you would like to read it then please leave me a message on facebook and I'll gladly send it to you. :)

So, where would your money go? (read on)
The games I currently own and wish to purchase additional copies of are: Articulate for Kids, Dixit, Dixit 2, Dixit 4 (Journey), Forbidden Island (x2), Yinsh (x1), Hive Carbon (x1), Blokus, Ultimate Werewolf, Settlers of Catan (+Kickstarter board = v. useful for kids), Ticket to Ride, Time's Up, + Storage Boxes. This will cost close to $550. These games have been selected based on feedback from students and my observations.

If we hit this goal then I would be ECSTATIC and thrilled to extend Empire's range with:
Catacombs and Sorry! Sliders (fine motor skills), Dixit 3 (Odyssey), Yinsh (x1), Hive Carbon (x1), Ticket to Ride Europe, Seafarers of Catan, Boggle Game Reinvention, Smallworld, Munchkin Deluxe, El Grande, and The Resistance.

Prices have been determined from the cheapest (and best!) online games retailer in Australia, www.Milsims.com.au . If you would like to see the word doc that has all these prices in a table and how I came to my goal's totals I'm happy to send this to you.


REWARDS:
$0+: All backers receive:
The warm fuzzy feeling of helping additional children attend a program which is described as the highlight of their week. The additional fuzzies coming from helping someone reach for their dreams.

$0-29: Personalised Verse
Leave a few words or a theme in "quotation marks" in your reply and I will write you a fresh and personalised hip hop verse in appreciation!

$30-59: Personalised Recording
Leave a few words or a theme in "quotation marks" in your reply and I will write you a personalised verse which I will record (over any instrumental you specify, or one of my choosing) and send it and the lyrics your way!

$60-79: Original Artwork plus all of the above!
I will intuitively draw/paint you a small personalised piece of artwork to compliment your recorded verse! I'll put my soul into it fo' sho'! Send me your address and I'll send you the original in the mail / send you a digital version (as you like). :)

$80+: Album Shoutouts + all of the above!
When I release my next album I'll give you a personalised shoutout (however you'd like to be credited, within reason) for helping keep dreams alive! John Lennon would be proud!

* If you want to give an unrevealed amount then I will assume you would like to spare my time in creating rewards and would simply like a written verse *

IF WE REACH THE 550 GOAL:
I will ask students to help create a large thank you poster that (with signed parental permission) I'll put online for you all to enjoy! If I have video permission from all the students I'll have a thank you video made so you can literally see the smiling faces of the people enabled by your efforts!

IF WE REACH THE $1200 GOAL:
I will make a song of appreciation for all of you, incorporating as many of the words and themes that have been noted on this page. I'll attempt to have students recorded and overlay this on the track as a joyful reminder of your good efforts!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I hope that you'll give generously and know that every single contribution is appreciated. :)
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