April 13th, 2010

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I've been inactive in fandom lately in part because my RL has gotten busy in very awesome and life-enhancing ways. I have had a great deal of personal growth and good life experiences over the past three-plus years, and I owe most of it to the free martial arts program I have been honored to be part of at my college. Now we're taking it to the next level: we are starting an independent multi-arts school which is equally free of charge and open to anyone who wants to put in their time. We have spectacular teachers willing to teach for uncertain income, we have a lease on a building downtown, we have curriculum and students and volunteers and what we need now is equipment for martial arts and dance and gymnastics.

We've been applying for grants, and one pretty cool one is from Pepsi, because they don't decide whether we get it or not, we do. Anyone can go to www.refresheverything.com/avaloned and vote for us, by signing up on the website with an email and name or through facebook, and at the end of the month the ideas in the top ten of votes received get their grant money. Please, we really need all the votes we can get in order to win this thing. So if you have a minute or two every day for the rest of April, and think that a school based on community rather than money sounds like something you'd like to see more of, please please visit www.refresheverything.com/avaloned and cast a vote for good people committed to giving back!

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