1. Do you plan on participating in Georgia DI this year?
2. If not, or not in your same capacity as last, is there someone we could contact that might help fill your spot?
Getting Started Thoughts
Pop Up Banners: Georgia DI has ordered 10 pop up banners that we can loan for registration, meet and greet, club day, etc. Rebecca Millar from Fulton Science Academy found that they really generated student and parent interest. In addition we had the DI “booth” in the cafeteria with a parent flyer and an interest sign-up sheet. It also said to see Ms. Millar in her classroom for more information. Banners will be distributed first come first serve so e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 404-271-6522 with interest and date if known and I will add to my list.
Promotion Materials: You may print/distribute any of the materials here to promote DI. If you prefer DI Georgia to provide, contact Annette and we will get to you. We suggest the Parent Guide Flyer which can be found here.
Challenge Program: Next Year Costs, release date, etc.: The price per Team number is $230 ($105 program materials and $125 Georgia Affiliate fee) per team. This WILL include the Tournament Fee. This year, DI is providing enhanced previews of the Challenges. These will be available publicly at no cost and will hopefully allow you to get started a little easier, especially with new teams. These Materials may be distributed to your team, school, school district and/or organization to promote DI to your community. These will make a great addition to your DI library. Program Materials will be released for purchaser download on September 1. I’m sure most of you have been gathering “Getting Started” materials to use in August for various activities, Instant Challenges, and other DI events. If you need copies of previous Road Map books or materials for August, please let Annette know.
Try DI: Many of you have asked for a fall (September/October) event to help get your Teams and support personnel get started. We are tentatively planning an event on a Saturday in the Atlanta Metro area. If Annette or another Volunteer is available, she will gladly come out and help with an event in your community. If not, she will gladly share the “stuff” for you to host your own Try DI event.
Educational non-competitive options: We have hundreds of Georgia educators using DI resources and activities in their classrooms, camps and other ways to the benefit of our Georgia students. DI’s roots and sustainability comes from the challenge program, but with that said, some of you are simply not available to lead a team in the full DI team challenge program. The DI “seeds” are cheap and we have seen what can happen when sown or given to sow in previously overlooked places. We truly believe when our potential Georgia DI sponsors have opportunities to see the positive difference DI makes in the lives of our children, we will no longer have children and schools that are unable to participate because of financial reasons. Until then, please let Annette know if you have a need and we will work together on a creative solution.
Getting Support Volunteers: Where do your pre-service teachers come from? Are there area businesses that encourage employees to volunteer? Feel free to share Annette’s contact information and/or share their information with us. As we know, DI has a plethora of engaging activities that would be a great resource for pre-service and substitute educators. We are prepared to present to any size class or group for an hour (overview and sharing of resources) to full day. These ‘trained’ persons can help in a variety of roles including co-Team Manager and Tournament Appraisers.