Secret Pals

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  1. StickyNotes

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    Reading the RAOK posts and ABall's posting it got me thinking...would anyone be interested on here in doing a Secret Pal type of thing? Nothing expensive, just little somethings to make people smile. I dont know...just an idea I am playing around with.
     
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  3. teachingmomof4

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    I would do it. I enjoy doing those kinds of things at school but we haven't done them in a few years.
     
  4. devama

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    I'd love to! I am on another forum for crafting where you do organized swaps! We could arrange something like that maybe one with a back to school theme...
     
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    I'd love to do it, too, but I'm Secondary... would I be excluded?
     
  6. StickyNotes

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    nah, no exclusions! devama tell me more about these organized swaps. I don't really have any idea of how to do this- just thought it would be fun :)
     
  7. hescollin

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    I would like to join.
     
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    I'm in!!
     
  9. StickyNotes

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    So here are some thoughts that are buzzing around provided by hescollin and myself...

    A secret pal exchange starting up in August/Sept. and going through December. Secret pals fill out a questionnaire with their fav. color, things they like/collect, etc. and that info is sent to the person's secret pal.

    Participants are asked to cheer on their secret pal with e-cards, emails, and at least 2-3 us mail surprises (items around a dollar, sticky notes, etc.). We could even do a monthly theme with Sept.'s being back to school. In Dec. a theme could be a tree decoration (if they celebrate Christmas, maybe that could be on the questionnaire). Reveals could happen in December.

    My only thought is...how to keep things secret with emails. Some email addresses are blatantly the persons name.

    Anyway if anyone has any other ideas- let's hear them! This could be a lot of fun and who doesn't like surprise mail? Especially from others who know and appreciate what we are going through day in and day out
     
  10. ABall

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    Wouldn't it give it away if they had the E-mail adress?

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    you need 2 moderators for your seceret pals (because if just one does it then the host is not surprized). Each modorator (host) would be in charge of half of the list and pare up people on their list.

    I would not do E-mails, but would set up a thread for posting hellos
    and to tell what you recieved....... general stuff just for the pals.
    ------ rememeber to not mention exactly what state or exactly when you are sending something because that can kill the surprize.

    some fun things:
    hot tea, hot cocoa
    candy bar (decide if the state you are sending to could handle that)
    post it notes
    book markers
    stickers
    chip & dip mix, or other mix
    magnetic note pads
    key chain
    post cards (especially if you have relatives or friends in a nother state that could mail it out for you so the post mark will throw them off)
     
  11. ABall

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    since this site is rather huge and you have a lot of lurkers you might want to think about only taking on participants that have a certian amount of posts or have been members for a certian amount of time before sign ups. *just a thought.
     
  12. StickyNotes

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    sounds great! well i am willing to be a moderator if someone else wants to do it with me.
     
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    sounds like fun......I'd like to join!! :)
     
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    Sounds fun, I am interested!
     
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    This sounds like a fun idea! I would like to join too :)
     
  16. teachingmomof4

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    Okay...so how do we start?
     
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    I wanna play too :) This sounds like lots of fun!
     
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    Sign me up!!
     
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    we need another moderator for this.....any other volunteers? I don't want to be......LOL
     
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    Hey I'd love to be in on this!
     
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    I'm moderated out, myself.

    How would we keep this 'secret'?
     
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    Everyone could set up an anonymous email account through yahoo or gmail or something like that and use a email name that does not contain our screen name from here.
     
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    That's a good idea - I probably need an anonymous e-mail address anyway! And I want to play, too. :)
     
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    Or we could sign up for a "secret pal" name on here.....that we would use only for this activity.....but maybe Amanda wouldn't like that. We'd have to check.
     
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    As a co-moderator, would you be responsible for connecting two people? Wouldn't everything else be as a whole group? I would co it if I knew what to do.
    How many do we want in the group? Presently there are 17 if I counted correct.
    Do we all enjoy the inspiring, funny and food for thought e mails that are forwarded and go round and round?
    The post mark on snail mail will give us away also, but really we are all secret pals, because we don't really know much about each other. As a secret pal our goal would be to do little somethings to make people smile. Nothing expensive.
    What questions would you want to know about your secret pal?
    Everybody your two cents is welcome and needed.
    This sounds like lots of fun to me.
    Papayamist this was your great idea, so go for it and tell us what to do.
     
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    I want in on the fun :)
     
  27. StickyNotes

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    I am willing to set up a website with some forums stating the rules, and a place where we can share what goodies we received (and inspire others with ideas). It would also list some monthly themes. I would think the two moderators would be in charge of matching up their lists of people and sending that info out to the participants. Perhaps collecting info from each person on their likes/interests (a survey of some sort) so that those things can be sent to the person about their secret pal.
     
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    I want in!:p
     
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    that sounds like a great idea and nice of you to offer!!:wub: So you and hescollin will be the moderators, right? Do you need to post a deadline for people who want "in"? This will be fun and I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the idea, papaymist!:2up: Also, are we planning this goes until December? With a big reveal around Christmas time?
     
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    Fun!!
     
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    At my old religion-related message boards, new names were registered like Pal #1-40 or whatever and were deleted after the end of the contest. One person would have to know who everyone is to assign the pal # and the pal itself. It worked great!!
     
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    Ok everyone I have created some things for this secret pal idea...

    We still need another co-host to help me out. Their duties would be:
    Sending out an email interest survey to each of their participants. Matching up their participants. Emailing participants who their secret pal is and that persons interest survey. That's it I believe. Oh! And participating themselves :)

    Anyway here is the info I have set up. If you are still actually interested in doing this please PM me your email address so I can send you an interest survey tomorrow.

    Thanks everyone for being patient with me- I am still working out the kinks

    Visit here for more info on Secret Pals: www.mrsrosesroom.com/secretpalsite.html
     
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    Hi everyone,
    I am ready to send off the interest surveys to those of you who PM'ed me. However, I can't send them off until I get a co-moderator for this. Because when you all send them back then I will see everyone's anonymous email address and you might be my secret pal and I would know it right away. So I need to split the list of participants with a co-moderator.

    If we don't have any takers in being a co-moderator with me I will just moderate it myself and not participate.

    For anyone who wants to join- PM me by August 1st.
     
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    I want to join, too. I am PreK is that COOL?
     
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    DITTO!
     
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    Alright everyone-
    A kind member has agreed to be my pal so that I can still participate. It won't be a secret to me as to who is sending to me but that is ok! It is going to be fun!

    So I am sending out the survey about your likes/dislikes via PM to those of you who have expressed interest in doing this. Fill it out and send it back to me!

    We will take sign-ups until August 1st. I will send out your secret pal matches next week!
    Thanks!
     
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    Papaya, thanks again for arranging this. Can you please post a final list of all the participants so we know who is involved? Thanks!! :)
     
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    of course. After August 1st I will post a list of final participants.
     
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    Excellent!:hugs:
     
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    I can help organize it. I also have a questionnaire that we used on another board... likes, collections, etc.

    I organized it. I didn't have the money to participate... lol imagine... a teacher not having money!! HAHA! :)
     
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    Thanks Papayamist!:2up:
     

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