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Day 6 – Omaha!

Today was a wonderful day in Nebraska! We started the morning off with Starbucks coffee (gotta love that it’s everywhere) and then headed down to Old Market Omaha. Omaha has been probably our biggest pleasant surprise of the trip. It’s beautiful! Lots of green, trees, and very friendly people.

Old Market is adorable with cobblestone streets and horses and carriages. After Starbucks we headed to another coffee shop called Aroma (yes, we love coffee) where we met with a woman from the Nebraska Department of Education. We had a very interesting conversation around LDs, our stories, and the education system in general. It was great to hear from a different perspective and hear her vision for the future of our education system. It’s very inline with Eye to Eye’s vision and we were happy to find some common ground.

After our coffee house experience we walked around Old Market and then headed over to the Omaha Zoo. Did you know it’s the second best zoo in the country? We heard that from just about everyone we met. We met some awesome people today.  While walking in Old Market we visited at trinket store where the cashier was a proud Dyslexic and very excited to hear about the tour.   We met two amazing older gentleman who worked in the Visitors Center and where very enthusiastic about our tour and tell us all the great things about Omaha!

Our last activity in Omaha was a Street Team at the Children’s Museum.  The museum was incredible with hundreds of children and parents enjoying an incredible day of hands on learning and fun – they had everything from markers that could draw on your face to a real ambulance that kids could play in.  We were greeted by Rachel Evans, the Special Events Coordinator at the museum, she embraced us literally and figuratively the minute we walked through the door as she proudly announced that she too was “LD AND PROUD TO BE!”.  It can not be emphasized enough how nice she was and how excited she was about our tour, Eye to Eye, and our presence in the museum.  We liked the Children’s Museum so much that we stayed for two and a half hours doing art projects with the kids and talking to the parents about the importance of owning your label and changing the conversation surrounding LD/ADHD.  We all left thoroughly exhausted but incredibly happy and fulfilled.

Our table at the Children's Museum!

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It was an incredible day and we are all a little sad to be leaving Nebraska so soon.  Tomorrow we embark across Iowa and Illinois to get to our fifth stop – CHICAGO!!  Gotta go pack six peoples stuff into the roofbox – always a challenge!

To the Movement,

Emma & Katie

Cows and Corn

Today, we drove. A lot.

We did, however, begin on an exciting note: we now have a full tour team!! We met up with Molly Roberge and Patrick Rosanelli in Centennial, Colorado to make our power team complete. While we were all super stoked for our new additions, this also meant that now we have 6 people in a 7 person car as well as two weeks worth of luggage and all of our Street Team materials. Yikes.

Luckily, we’re all super easy going and weirdly talented at packing a ton of stuff into very small spaces (I was really awesome at hide and seek when I was little- I think this helped) and we managed our 9 HOUR DRIVING DAY with relative ease.

So, what did we do while cruising across Nebraska crammed into our Empowermobile? Lots of things 🙂

– There was a lot singing (more show tunes than your average tour car)

– There was a lot of corn (people from Nebraska are called the cornhuskers for a reason)

– Almost every rest stop has had a place to shower, how awesome is that!? (haven’t done it yet)

– Katie taught us a new game called “my cows” which involves racing to call “dibs” on the most cows without getting your total sliced in half by whoever spots a McDonalds (it got pretty intense)

– Pillow pets are our new best friends

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We finally arrived in Nebraska which is green and beautiful and our hosts are the nicest people. The neighborhood we’re staying in is very picturesque and just… I dunno… American. I’m talking white houses with porches and American flags and kids playing in the streets and I feel like at any moment Bruce Springsteen is going to start blaring. It’s great!

Tonight we get to relax and tomorrow morning we can sleep in!!! Literally cannot wait.

And that was our day 🙂

Also, check out our most recent video of our day in Park City, Utah at the Silly Market! It was great, have a look at the post below!

To the Movement,

Rehana

Videographer-Extraordinaire

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Check out our fun day in Park City!

The tour team hosted a booth at the Park Silly Sunday Market, check out our exciting day!

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We’re On The Road!!

Check out our video that shows some of the highlights of our tour stop in RENO!

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Hey its Molly from Denver!!! It’s so great to meet some and be reunited with others on the tour! Today was my first day with the tour and boy was it an exciting one! There was certain things that I learned quick:

1. The Empower mobile has an almost non existent turning radius.

2. Hallie, Rehana, Katie, Emma are master of the trade. 

3. Colorado has a wonderful LD/ ADHD community!

We started off the day with a street team in Boulder. We set up a table right on Pearl street. We had many community members coming up to us and embracing there LDs! Way to go Boulder!! Two women with ADHD stood out to us the most, one a teacher and the other a student at CU boulder. We appreciate their courage in telling us their stories. Also, we met up with several of our mentors from Gonzaga, which was a wonderful surprise, and also gave us extra support. While on Pearl Street we got to visit the famous toy store “In to the Wind” and indulge our inner child. My personal favorite was all the beautifully colored kites lining the wall.

After our street team we had a Think Different Diplomat talk done by Emma and Katie. They rocked it so much one of the audience members suggested that they go onto TED Talks! (hmm not a bad idea). We ended the day in downtown Denver enjoying the city and watching the Rockies game, definitly an enjoyable day by all. 

To the movement, 

Molly

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Three States in one day

I think we calculated it. From here on out, we’re going through three states during every drive day. Today was one of those days.

We woke up early in Utah. We were sad to leave the air conditioning nest we’d created for ourselves, but excited to experience a whole new part of the country few of us have seen. We drove for about five hours, listening to everything from Beyonce to gospel. We drove into the most beautiful rest stop we had ever seen in Little America, WY. You can do some serious shopping inside the gas station market. Trust us, its nice.

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We finally arrived in Laramie, WY. We had lunch and walked around the adorable town. Rehana and myself found ourselves obsessed with a store called Atmosphere Mountainworks. They sell, design, and manufacture really great backpacks and other bags for the sweet outdoor life. At checkout we found out the girl working there has dyslexia and even tattoo’d “L” on her left hand to remind her which way is left. Look at that accommodation!! 

Finally we made it to Denver. Waiting for us were are last two tour members!! Welcome Patrick and Molly!! We are so exited for their energy to reboot us a little.

You might not think so, but sitting in the car all day is tiring! We’re ready to hit the hay and wake up for tomorrow’s street team and Think Different Diplomats presentation in Boulder.  Heres the info for tomorrow! 

Free Think Different Diplomats presentation
3-4:30 PM
CU Math Building, Room 100

Colorado Ave. & Folsom Street

Street Team on Pearl Street Mall
11 AM-12 PM

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Hope to see you on the road!!

To the movement,

Hallie

Handprints Across the Country

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Today we had an awesome day in Utah! We left early this morning and headed to the Park City Silly Sunday Market. Park City is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Stunning mountains, adorable town, and so much excitement and energy. The Silly Sunday Market was crazy, tons of booths and thousands of people.

We set up our table around 9:00am with all our Strike Out Stigma supplies (brochures, stickers, flyers, banners, etc.) and got an art project prepared for kids that passed by.

One of the goals of this tour is to encourage people to “Join Our Movement,” so at each stop we have a banner where people can trace their hands and signify their support as an ally or member of our LD/ADHD community. As a spin off we had the kids trace their hands on construction paper and write different things on each finger, like their favorite subject and something they are good at, or something they struggle with, and then add their hands to our chain.

We had such a great time and met tons of people. The statistic of “1 in 10 people have a LD” is proving to be true. It seemed like each family we met knew someone with a LD/ADHD. Whether it was their nephew, or daughter, or husband, everyone seemed to find a connection to our movement. Even the guy in the booth across from us who was manning the rock climbing wall had ADHD and was so excited to add his hand.

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One of our favorite moments was when a four-year-old girl plopped herself down at our booth for 45 minutes (literally behind the table in our chairs). She proceeded to eat lots of melted chocolate, make herself a paper hat, and chat with us about everything.

Later we met an older gentleman who came up to our table and told us he has ADHD. We talked to him for a while about “owning your label, and sharing your story.”

Our last shinning moment was on the drive back to Odgen, where we passed the rock climbing instructor who had had a neighboring booth on the road. He rolled down his window and yelled “ADHD FOR LIFE!” with a nice fist pump at the end.

The enthusiasm and support we have received from Utah is amazing! Thanks wonderful Schmitz family for graciously hosting us. Utah, you’ve treated us well. Denver bound tomorrow! Follow us on the road!

To the movement,

Katie