The BE-YOU-tiful Butterflies Club is Bloomin’

It is said, “The Flutter of a Butterflies Wings can Create a Typhoon Half Way Around the World.”

The 6th Grade Girls have received their Butterfly Cinch Sacs and spent the first Day of School decorating their spiral notebooks with butterfly stickers.


It ended up being a wonderful 30 minute experience near the end of the day on the first day of school.  My son and mother were able to be there to make it all possible.


The girls enjoyed this time and and were excited to hear about the new club forming. cinch-sac-day-4


My son excited to be a part!




On the first day of the Club, October 3rd, the girls watched a video about the statistics regarding confidence, self image, and mental health in young girls.  The quote was also shared:

“The flutter of a butterflies wings can create a typhoon half way around the world”

We then launched into looking at different butterflies and brainstorming words describing their beauty.

Colorful, different, unique, free, etc… were just a few of the words the girls came up with.

In celebration of the uniqueness of each butterfly we launched into our first project. The girls designed half of a butterfly and cut it out along a folded piece of paper.  They next painted one side and experimented with color.  The butterflies were folded and rubbed to create a symmetrical effect.  These will be hung in a stairway leading up to the 2nd floor of the school.


The girls became fascinated with how the colors mixed and using paints.  One young Butterfly started experimenting on black paper while she waited.  The girls became more fascinated leading us to study the idea of abstract paintings and researched famous painters who utilized this technique.

Next, the girls began their own abstract paintings.  These will be hung in a secondary stairwell in our school.



Our most recent project is creating “Kindness Grams” for the Educators in our Building.  The girls will be delivering 50 of these to the educators in the school before Thanksgiving Break.  Educators make a difference in our lives, and the girls will be letting every teacher know how much.



It is with a full heart I write about what a handful of 6th grade girls are accomplishing for the world.  They give me hope as I spend time with them every Monday from 3:15 – 4:15 and watch them flutter their wings and blossom into the future.

The 2nd Newsletter being sent to the 51 sponsors can be viewed here:  newsletter-2

With Brave Wings She Flies,



The Flutter of Wings… Thank you to 51 Honorary Sponsors

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I would like to thank each and every sponsor for helping this 6th Grade Cinch Sac Project take flight.

51 Cinch Sacs have been ordered!

This allots $7.50 per cinch sac to be spent filling it with school supplies for each 6th Grade Girl.  BUDGET:  51 x $7.50 = $382.50 plus a $4.00 cash donation.

Total Budget for inside the Cinch Sac:  $386.50!

The Winner!

Each Honorary Sponsor will be receiving a quarterly newsletter updating them on the project as well as a receipt for their contribution.  Stay tuned to this Blog Link for inspiring stories about the girls touched by this project.

I am sending out a HUGE thank you to each Honorary Sponsor and look forward to keeping in touch.

With Brave Wings She Flies,


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The Flutter of Small Wings… “BE-YOU-tiful Butterflies in Bloom”

The Butterfly Effect

It is said, “The flutter of a butterflies wings can create a typhoon.”

Andy Andrews wrote the book, The Butterfly Effect.  He also wrote a wonderful book called, The Traveler’s Gift. Both of these books are on my reading list for this summer.  I got a small glimpse through the window of Andy’s presentation last week at a conference I attended.  I realized lil’ ole me could flutter my small wings and make a difference.

My Heart Aches

I am a educator in one of the highest poverty schools in Spokane, Washington.  We have the highest homeless population and the highest number of refugees.  Our system thinks the solution is to get these children “College and Career Ready”.  It’s not that I am opposed to having children be prepared for college.  However, I do think we may be putting the flight before the chrysalis.  The youth in my school need what matters most…  Love, acceptance, encouragement, and the unconditional belief in them as individuals.

Did You Know?

  • *On average, a girl’s self-esteem peaks at age 9
  • * 50% of all mental illness starts by age 14
  • *Girls are 2X as likely as boys to suffer from depression and eating disorders

*Sources: National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey, 2010; National Comorbidity Survey Replication-Adolescent Supplement, 2010; NIMH, Mental Illness Exacts Heavy Toll: Beginning in Youth, 2005.

How can you help and become part of the flutter of small wings?

I’m looking for 45 people who are willing to order and pay for one Butterfly Cinch Sac.  My goal is to gift these Cinch Sacs to each 6th Grade Girl in my high poverty school next year and start a BE-YOU-tiful Butterflies in Bloom Club.  (Trademark and Copyright being worked on currently).  I will be meeting with the 6th grade girls and volunteering my time after school once a week.

Scatter KindessMy dream is to infuse the arts and involve the girls in promoting kindness throughout the school.  We will brainstorm together how their lives can make a difference in the school community and beyond.  I hope to inspire them to find their wings.

The theme of theBE-YOU-tiful Butterflies in Bloom” Club will be to Scatter Kindness.


The small flutter of wings can make a difference!

Will you help me create a typhoon starting with just one school?Blog Post Winner

  • Cinch Sac: $20.00
  • Personalization: $10.00
  • Total:$30.00 (plus shipping and tax) = $35.22
  • Included in price: $7.50 of school supplies placed in each cinch sac. (Butterfly theme)

How To Order:

  • Contact:  Raschelle R. Holland (Raz)
  • Independent Thirty One Consultant
  • Phone or Text: 509-860-4475
  • Email:

I take each order personally through my Thirty One Business:  “BE-YOU-tiful Butterflies”

With Brave Wings She Flies,