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Emily’s First Day/ OI Bear Contest

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Today is a very important day in my life. It’s the day I officially become a college instructor. I’m marking number 3 off of my bucket list, Teach a College Course. In celebration, I’m offering the first of what I hope are many contests on Unbreakable Journey.

We’re in the last week of summer, kids will be going to school, and fall is just around the corner.  So, we’re giving away a copy of Emily’s First Day and the OI Bear!


Emily’s First Day Synopsis:

This picture book tells the story of the first day of school for a child with mild OI. It is designed to be read to children in the early elementary grades. The book includes resources for educators to make the transition to school easier for children whose disability is often a hidden one.

Entering is easy, simply leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite school experience or a teacher who went above and beyond for you. There is only one prize pack. The winner will be selected at random using the Comment Contest Widget! Good Luck. Winner will be announced September 7, 2010. Comments must be received by 7:00a.m. on September 7, 2010. So comment away!

*Emily’s First Day and the OI Bear were purchased through the OI Foundation.*

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About Amanda

Amanda is the founder of Unbreakable Journey. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband Jerad, and dog Clark. Amanda was diagnosed with Type 1 Osteogenesis Imperfecta at the age of two. She has suffered numerous fractures during her lifetime. She has never let OI hold her back from living a fulfilling life. Amanda enjoys writing/blogging, traveling, shopping, spending time with friends and family. Want to contact Amanda? Email her at Amanda@unbreakablejourney.com or follow her on twitter @oijourney.

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3 Responses to Emily’s First Day/ OI Bear Contest

Marcia Hahn says: September 1, 2010 at 5:23 am

I have OI Type I, and sixth grade was a year that I had two broken legs and a few broken ribs. It was also the year that our class trip was to the Iowa State Capital in Des Moines.

I don’t remember if my leg was in a cast or if I was just using a walker, but the many steps of the capital became an obstacle for me to keep up with my classmates on the tour (not much handicap/wheelchair accessibility back then).

I was used to viewing most activities from the sidelines, but my teacher, Mr. Medine(sp), wasn’t. He finally scooped me up and carried me the rest of the day–up and down many steps, everywhere that the rest of the class went. Up the dome and to the balcony of the legislature, he made sure I saw everything that everyone else did. Talk about your “Capital Steps.”

He went above and beyond anything I ever expected. I’ll never forget that.

Kansas Bard says: September 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

When I was in 3rd grade (many years ago), I was out of school for a good chunk of time due to broken bones and operations. During that time, I had a wonderful tutor who helped encourage my love of reading by giving me a subscription to my favorite magazine. When I was ready to go back to school, she made our last day very special. We spent the day making cupcakes and she taught me to play Monopoly. Even with all the great teachers I had over the years, her special attention during a difficult time of my life meant the most to me.

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