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The Unknowns Work as a Team To Get Those Madison Challenge Points!

Between De-cluttering And Taking To The Basketball Court, The Unknowns Had A Successful Week

It is the end of Week #8 and we are still religiously filling in our Madison Challenge Tally Sheets, comparing notes on what we have done, what we should have done and, most importantly, encouraging each other to stay the course.

This really has been a tremendously successful week for our team, The Unknowns. It started off with a real team effort to start de-cluttering the house.  Ah, spring is definitely in the air.  All four of us are avid readers.  This has resulted in books, books, and more books filling the shelves in our house.

 If the truth be told, we ran out of shelf space a while ago and the books have been spilling out and taking up residence on the floor surrounding the shelving.  Not good for the books, not good for the room, not good, period!

Once we got down to business, the four of us were able to organize a whole room full of books in no time at all.  Every book we touched needed to dealt with.  It was like those TV shows where professionals go into a home and set up organizational piles for the homeowner , a keep pile, a donate pile and a trash pile. 

What a great feeling it was to be able to fill multiple bags for donating.  The adult books will be donated to Clinton-based Books For Soldiers and the children’s books to Branford-based Read To Grow. 

We wish there was a line item for quality family time.  This would have garnered us points in that category.  What we did give ourselves was 5 points for volunteering.  While this was not volunteering in the strictest sense, we were working to gather books for donation to nonprofit organizations that will make sure our books find worthy second homes!

The other very exciting event of the week was my participation in the .  Our Madison team, made up of teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches and students,  enjoyed sharing the Polson Gymnasium basketball court with the Wizards who are part entertainers, part basketball players and all good-humored players!

This “charity” basketball game raised money that will be equally distributed amongst all Madison schools.  It was so much fun to be running down the basketball court to the cheers of the fans, both young and old!

I earned more points that I never thought were attainable in one evening alone!  One Hour of Exercise, 6 points; meeting new people, 5 points; drinking 7+ glasses of water,  5 points; volunteering, 5 points; and Leaving It Better, 5 points.

Looking back on the week it is interesting to note that we would not have done anything different had we not been participating in the Madison Challenge.  The Unknowns would have still worked as a team to sort through the bottleneck of books and I still would have donned my gold Mighty Madison Tigers team shirt , laced up my sneakers and played my first ever basketball game in the name of town spirit.

Stephanie Bardwell March 05, 2011 at 11:57 AM
What a great week you all had. Organizing the books and donating the unwanted ones was a win-win. Sorry I missed the basketball game, I heard it was very entertaining. I give you,Bob and the girls lots of credit for continuing on with the Challenge. You have done 8 weeks of good. Yeah for the Unknowns!! Carry on and have a great weekend. SPB
Barbara Salzano March 05, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I was at the basketball game and Sarah certainly earned those points!
Sarah Page Kyrcz March 05, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I am blessed to have both of you as loyal readers and cheerleaders. I think we all need the support of friends and family in everything we do and that was especially evident the night of the game. I was so lucky to have my whole family, my best friends and my parents cheering me on. It made it a special night for all!
Suzanne Zitser March 05, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Boy the "Unknowns" had a banner week. Kudos to all of the tremendous good that has come out of this challenge - really is like "paying forward". And Rah for you Sarah, earning all those points at the basketball game. I am so enjoying sharing this challenge with your family and getting good ideas to improve myself. Thank you for letting us in your lives.
Sarah Page Kyrcz March 05, 2011 at 06:09 PM
When I told my children, way back when, that I had volunteered to be on the Mighty Madison Tigers team they were mortified. "Mommy, you are going to embarrass us and yourself," they said. Well, truth be told, they had a blast watching the game. I think, secretly, they were glad I was part of such a fun, wildly success evening. I love my family!
Martha March 05, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Wow! Great job earning all those points. I was sorry the game was sold out by the time I thought about buying tickets. Maybe next year's Madison Challenge could add points for "not procrastinating."
Sarah Page Kyrcz March 05, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Great suggestion, Martha. That would be a point gainer for me!!

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