Sunday, May 22, 2011

Say Hi to... !!

And now, the news I’ve kept you waiting for, graciously announced by our Liason Officer and my super friend Ashley Humienny. We are SOOOO pumped about this and hope you are too! Check out our satellite blog and help us spread the word – we need you to cheer us on ;) WOOHOO!!

Ashley Humienny
Our Best Day So Far

One of the first things that I noticed about Benita was how easily the concept of friendship comes to her.  Some people are naturals at golf, some at physics or at cooking; Benita is a natural at friendship.  She has an innate, unaffected knack for bringing people together, and bringing you closer to her.

This was a quick lesson for me as I was introduced to The Best Day of My Life (So Far) and began my own friendship with both the project and with Benita.  In time I came to think of my work with Best Day as one of the most “natural” parts of my day, much like the class had become to its participants.  It soon became difficult to believe that the phenomenon that is our storytelling “program” wasn’t in every school, senior center, and rec club across the country.

There is no doubt that this project is aching to grow, expand, and take on new forms.  One of both Benita and my concerns was that this idea – this “baby” – would stay true to itself and its mission as we took off its training wheels.  Any offshoot of Best Day would need to feel totally organic.

It is with this in mind that I am tremendously proud to announce The Best Day of My Life (So Far)’s prototype satellite program, “Our Best Day So Far”, sponsored by AARP Pennsylvania in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia.  This satellite class, beginning in July 2011 at the Central Parkway branch of the Free Library, aims to take the original and revolutionary programming from The Best Day of My Life (So Far) and create a more compact, customizable model that can be reproduced in various sites all over the world.  Along with "Our Best Day So Far"s two class co-leaders, the wonderful Amy and Brendan, we will have our very own teen intern Madi Garvin updating us via her satellite blog throughout the summer.

In terms of being a “natural” next step, our partnership with AARP Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia fits the bill perfectly. Both AARP and FLP have consistently emphasized the need to create livable communities that give its members opportunities for growth and new experiences. We could not imagine a better way to introduce our new model than through two of the most influential institutions in Philadelphia.

So keep an eye out for announcements about “Our Best Day So Far” and the amazing events and parties that we’ll be rolling out this summer!  Please feel free to email our PR Manager if you have any ideas or want to get involved!

Thanks again for everything, and I will see you soon.