Last Wednesday, our public funding fell through, even though we were given a thumbs up the previous Friday. We ran out time and had to cancel our workshop trip.

Just as we were closing everything up with sadness in our hearts, some new possibilities emerged. A man named Ted Coine with experience fundraising in my old home of southwest Florida is very pro-OLPC. He thinks we can raise the money needed for the 8000 laptops by next year, and has offered booth space at two Naples fundraisers in November.

Even better, Bill Stelzer has agreed to donate his time to help Mary Burks teach her 4th graders Squeak, and film them while doing it. He’ll make a much smaller documentary, which we can use for fundraising.

While the will wasn’t there within the government, we’ve still got a chance with the true believers. Thank goodness for Bill and Mary and Ted. We might just pull this thing off anyway!

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