As I become closer and closer to leaving to Toronto, I keep thinking that I could not be in this amazing situation without my sponsors! So a big THANKS to all of my sponsors, who I will list below, along with their social networking sites. Check them out! 😉

 Booster Juice: Facebook, Twitter

Northstar Hyundai – Edmonton, Alberta: Facebook, Twitter

Chalks Billiards – Calgary, Alberta: Facebook

–   Farlie Travel – St. Albert, Alberta: Facebook

 J Shantz Photography – St. Albert, Alberta: Facebook, Twitter

High NRG Ladies Health and Fitness – St. Albert, Alberta: Facebook

Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of my sponsors, as well as my friends, family, and everyone who is reading this post 🙂

Chloe’s Countdown!

My 14th Birthday: 4 days!

Miss Teen Canada – World pageant week starts in: 8 days!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

 

 

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There are many people in the world, who want to get involved and make a difference. The problem is, they don’t know where to start. ”Let’s Talk!” Hosted by Chloe Fulton, introduces a new issue/problem in society each episode, and information on how YOU can help.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network is proud to bring you: ”Let’s Talk!” What better network to present this amazing new talk show, than the Queen of Talk Show’s herself! Tune in to OWN every Tuesday at 8pm MST to see “Let’s Talk”.

 

Each episode features a new issue in society, and Chloe Fulton talks to special guests, audience members, and discusses how you can get involved with the cause. Special guests brought onto the show will be relevant to the issue, and will share their time with Chloe talking about how they are improving the issue, and how others can get involved. The special guests can be members of an organization involved with the issue, people who have been affected by the issue etc. For example if the topic was ‘Children’s Poverty’, Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children would be the perfect special guest. Craig and Chloe would discuss things like, how Free The Children started, how it has affected his life, and what his goal for the organization is.

Sponsors:

”Let’s Talk” has 2 main sponsors, who help fund the talk show. These 2 sponsors are Burman Books, and Me to We Style. When creating the show, Chloe Fulton specifically chose these sponsors, for various reasons.

This company was chosen because they produce ‘motivational and self help books’. This would be a perfect company to discuss on an episode with the topic: “Self-Esteem”. Reading is also something that Chloe promotes in her everyday life, and having a book company sponsor her talk show is another helpful way to spread the word about reading.

“50 per cent of our profit goes to our charity partner, Free The Children, to support development projects in rural and impoverished areas across the globe.” *An excerpt from the Me To We Style website.* Me To We Style is partners with “Free The Children”, a charity which is mentioned many times on “Let’s Talk”. Chloe would wear Me To We Style’s clothing on the show, to promote that she supports this charity, and its partners.

Let’s Talk – Promotional Poster: 

Here is the promotional poster for the T.V Show, “Let’s Talk”. On the right hand side, there is a column with clip art of possible “Let’s Talk” episode topics. (Illiteracy, Global Warming, Poverty, Bullying)

At the top of the poster, I chose to write the quote: “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” spoken by Tony Robbins; motivational speaker, and self-help author. Being a self-help author, Tony Robins has a lot in common with Burman Books Chief Executive Officer, Sanjay Burman, as they both dedicate their time to helping people. The quote also ties in with the main idea of “Let’s Talk”, being that we are identifying problems in society, and using time wisely to solve them.

When presented with this challenge (A project for Miss Teen Canada – World that we are being marked on) I immediately thought of a Talk Show. Seeing famous women like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah, I had always dreamed of being as influential and inspiring as them. Being able to host a show like “Let’s Talk” in real life, would be unbelievable, it would be an amazing experience, a way to spread the word about whatever topic I wish. I never imagined that I would be Miss Teen St. Albert, so maybe one day, you’ll turn your T.V on (assuming that in the future, T.V’s would still be used) and see me, Chloe Fulton sitting on a couch, next to Taylor Swift, talking about her involvement with the Tug McGraw Foundation

Thank you so much for reading! Please comment below with your feedback on my ‘Dream TV Show!’ I’d love to hear what you think of it!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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Tuesday, June 26th 2012

This past Tuesday I spent the afternoon with my Mum, filming my Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good Challenge, Sponsored by Canada’s Best Professional Hair and Beauty School, Aveda Canada, and my Skyline Video.

I had a lot of fun, and I had quite a few bloopers for my Skyline video!~ The Blooper video can be found here!

Remember to ‘heart’ both of my videos, the Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good challenge offers many prizes supplied by Aveda Canada. The top ten videos get to be part of a bigger video! Thank you!

Thursday, June 28th – VJM School Awards Night

Thursday was my Junior High School’s Awards Night, and I am very excited to tell you that I received Honors with Proficiency! That means that I finished the year with an average of 90% or more in the four core subjects (Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies). I also received a Recognition of Achievement for being in French Advanced, Art Class, Student Leadership, and the school play ‘Cinderella’!

Chloe’s Countdown!

My 14th Birthday: 10 Days!          

Miss Teen Canada – World 2012: 14 days!

Thanks For Reading!

 – Chloe Fulton 🙂

 

 

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This weekend I was very thrilled to combine my Free The Children fundraising, with my MTC-W Toronto Trip fundraising!

For Free The Children, I have been fundraising by selling Cookie Crumbles products! All delegates in the Miss Teen Canada – World competition are required to raise a minimum of $400 for Free The Children. I think that this is a great way for the delegates to show their fundraising skills, while having a blast fundraising for a very deserving charity. Before I found Cookie Crumbles, I had a Banana Split Sale at my school, and that had a great turnout. When I first started fundraising, I knew that I wanted to do a few things for Free The Children, instead of one, for various reasons. One being that by having a variety of fundraisers, there is bound to be something that everyone enjoys.

When I got home from my second final exam on Friday, I started setting up my Garage Sale. I want to give a shout out to two very kind people who donated numerous items for my sale, it definitely helped a lot! So a big thank you to Jill Shantz of J Shantz Photography, and one of my Mum’s friends; Vicki. Also, a thank you to my neighbour Val, who donated tables for me to setup my sale!

When I was about halfway through setup, the sky suddenly turned dark, and it started to rain! But I wasn’t going to let a little rain bring me down! I even had someone come 15 minutes before I opened, in the rain!

The weekend was a great success, I raised quite a bit of money for Free The Children from Cookie Crumbles, and it was really fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out, or donated items!

Thank you for reading!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

PS. 18 Days Till Toronto! 😉

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Saturday, May 26th – Rainmaker Rodeo Parade

I was blessed to ride in the St. Albert Rainmaker Rodeo Parade, with Miss Teen St. Albert – World 2011, Vanessa Peynenburg!

When I first arrived at the site where the cars were waiting for their drivers, I went looking for the car that had my name on it; I was very excited! When I found it, my eyes went wide as they fell upon my name on a beautiful car sign!

Things like this make me realize how fortunate I am to be part of the MTC-W competition, it has helped me achieve so many things that I could not have done on my own. 🙂

The Parade turn out was great, there were tons of kids and adults out there clapping, screaming and eating candy! The Parade has always been something I enjoy a lot, I believe it is a great way for the community to get together and have some fun! I was having a blast waving at the kids, and I loved it when they waved back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I overall had a wonderful time at the parade, getting to know Vanessa, and taking in the warm weather ! 🙂

Monday, June 18th 2012 – SUMMER’S ALMOST HERE!

I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! Final Exams have snuck up on me again, and I am surprised to hear that I only have 2 days left of classes, and then 5 days of exams! I have been working on a lot of things lately, organizing my garage sale this weekend,  the Cookie Crumbles/ Free The Children Fundraising, studying, and buying clothes for my trip to Toronto! I am so excited for the Miss Teen Canada – World competition, I am so grateful to be a part of something as wonderful as this ! I can’t wait until I meet all the girls that I will be spending a week with, we will have so much fun together.

I wish everyone the best of luck on their exams (If you have any), and I will talk to you all soon! 🙂

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: 26 DAYS TILL TORONTO!

Thanks for reading, I love you all!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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I have always wondered, what it would take to change someones life. To change someones whole perspective on the world, in a positive way. I wanted to find out what it took to change a life. Then I thought about my platform; the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. I realized that, every year this foundation changes lives. They supply children with the things that they need to learn.

To raise awareness for my platform, I decided to interview two principals from two schools in Edmonton, that had been affected by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

The first interview was with Will Deys, Principal at Glendale Elementary school. Glendale school have just finished their 3 years with a Love of Reading grant. Mr. Deys was happy to answer my questions, although he is only in his first year at the school, so he is unaware of all the details regarding the application for the grant.

 

 

 

Chloe: How did you find out about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?

Will:  a. This is my first year at Glendale School so I cant really answer this.  I believe that the teacher and Library Technician that applied for the grant would have read about it  on-line or through e-mails advertising the grant.  In smaller schools like ours, we are always looking for new sources of funding to help students.

Chloe: What made you apply for a grant from the foundation?

Will:  a. As mentioned above, additional funds are always required to help provide adequate resources for schools where the families may have limited incomes. We also recognize that reading is the foundation for learning.  Anything we can do to encourage reading will benefit the students through their entire lives.

 Chloe: How did you feel about the application process?

 Will:  a. Not sure, as I didn’t go through the application process, but I did do the reporting process this spring.  It takes a significant amount of time to get the applications completed because of the information they request.  You need to find out information about your communities average income and other information that schools do not generally have access to.  That makes it hard.  But the information ensures that the schools that receive the grant are those that are most in need of the support.

Chloe:  What happened after you received the grant, in regards to receiving books for your school?

 Will:  a. In each year of the grant the school purchased books around a theme or specific area, as well as just purchasing general interest books.

b. In the past year, also the final year of the three year grant, we purchased books for every grade level and reading level that we possibly could. Our goal was to ensure that every student had a book that they would be interested in, and that they could read.

c. Books were obtained in a few different ways. Teachers and students went to the Indigo store to purchase their books for their classrooms.  The library technician also went to the Indigo store to purchase books for the library.  In the past year we have used visits to the store to purchase books, along with on-line purchases as they made it easier to order some of the books that might not have been in stock in the store.

Chloe:  How has the student body changed in a positive way, after receiving the grant?

Will:  a. I believe that this past year we really created an excitement about reading as we constantly had new books for the kids to read.  They loved to be the first to read the new Geronimo Stilton, or the latest Bone graphic novel. Students were sharing their stories about their books and looking forward to getting the next book in a series.  We have created a culture of reading at the school and believe that we have provided a book that every student is interested in.  Unfortunately, the grant came to an end and it is getting harder to maintain that enthusiasm.  Next year we will be purchasing new books and we hope to purchase so many new books per month to ensure we are always bringing in new books to keep the student engaged.

Chloe: How do you promote reading within the school?

Will:  a. At Glendale School we have promoted reading through events like “Read In Week” where we bring in guests to read their favorite books to the students.  We also brought in Canadian writer David Bouchard to speak to our students about his books on aboriginal stories and poetry.

b. New books were presented to students so they could see what was new. Often, a chapter or book synopsis was read to students so they knew what the general story was about. This was one of the most effective ways to generate interest.

c. Next year students will take part in a reading contest where they will have the opportunity to compete with others by reading.  We also hope to have a way for students to review books for the entire school to hear and read.

d. Finally, the most important way to promote reading is by having the books that students want to read.  This past year we have added to our Manga and Graphic novels as we recognize that they are an excellent way to get reluctant readers engaged.  A book for everyone is the goal, and we made it!

 Chloe: If there is anything else you would like to add, please do so.

Will: This Love of Reading program is so meaningful to schools.  The Indigo store staff and people who manage the foundation do an incredible job of making the priority to get books in the hands of students.  The three year program was incredible for such a small school like ours.  I hope that it will continue to benefit other schools for years to come.

My second interview was with Sanaa El-Hassany, Principal of John A. McDougall School. Having recently received the wonderful news about the grant, Sanaa was very pleased to answer questions I had about the foundation, and how it will affect her school.

 

Chloe: How did you find out about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?

Sanaa: We found out about this grant when researching online for grants that could help us to support our work in literacy.

Chloe:  What made you apply for a grant from the foundation?

Sanaa: At John A. McDougall School we have a very high needs population of students, many of whom struggle with literacy.  Research tells us that students who are unable to read at grade level by the time they are in grade three have great difficulty ever catching up and are far more likely to struggle in a variety of areas as they grow up.  We have made literacy the focus of our work because it is the best way that we can ensure the future success of students in our school.

In providing high quality literacy instruction, it is absolutely essential that students have access to good literature.  Our primary goal in applying for this grant was to bring our current libraries to life by stocking them with the best possible selection of books and giving students direct access to those books.  Our school has been faced with the difficult decision to put the majority of our funding into intervention, building capacity in teachers and smaller class sizes. This left a minimal allocation for resources, forcing us to look elsewhere to meet this critical need.  We need to get good books into the hands of kids and this grant provides the means.

Chloe: How did you feel about the application process? What was involved in putting together the application for the grant?

Sanaa: The application was extensive and very time consuming.  We created a committee of staff who volunteered to work together on the application.  Each member took responsibility for a component of the application.  It took many hours of discussion, research, writing and editing.

Chloe:  How did you react when you were told that your school had received a Love of Reading grant?

Sanaa: We had an initial moment of shock and disbelief and then we were absolutely ecstatic!  There were cheers, high fives all around.  This grant will have an incredible impact on the students in our building and the quality of literacy instruction we will be able to provide.

Chloe:  What happens now, in regards to receiving books for your school?

Sanaa: We are currently working on a detailed plan of how we are going to spend the grant money.  In each library area (central, classroom and guided reading) we are taking an inventory of our resources, removing outdated or worn books and creating our wish lists so that we can begin purchasing books in a thoughtful, organized manner.  Classroom teachers, literacy intervention teachers and students all have input into the lists of literature that we will be purchasing.

Chloe: How has the student body responded to this exciting news?

Sanaa: We received the phone call informing us that we had won the grant just 15 minutes before all of our students were due to have a joint activity in the gym.  We seized this moment to share the news.  The response was deafening!   This is big news and students are excited to have the opportunity to share their ideas when it comes to purchasing books for classrooms.  The buzz and excitement around this grant will generate an even greater interest in reading and books.

Chloe:  How do you promote reading within the school?

Sanaa: Reading is an integral part of everyday at John A. McDougall School.  Every classroom has at least one hour of the day dedicated to reading instruction, five days a week.  In addition to this, we identify all struggling readers and provide as many of these children as possible with additional reading intervention in a one-to-one or small group setting.  These intervention groups are taught by specially trained reading intervention teachers and occur for ½ an hour, five days a week.  We also have a school wide home reading program in which students are encouraged to read at home every day and track the amount of reading they have done.  Each month one classroom is awarded new books for demonstrating commitment to reading at home.  In addition, we have a fabulous teacher librarian who promotes literature through book recommendations, and read aloud to all of our classrooms.

A big thanks goes out to Sanaa, and Will, for answering my questions, which helped me a lot in understanding how the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation affects children all across Canada. I now feel even more strongly about my platform, and I will continue to promote my platform, so that everyone can become aware of the literacy struggles that many people and schools are facing.

So now when I ask myself how to change a life, I know that it can be anything. Anyone can change someones life, anytime, anyplace. Small things can help people when they are down, anything to help them get back up onto their feet.

It can be as simple as buying a child a book…

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**New Sponsor!**

On Thursday, I was proud to add a new sponsor to my list! High NRG Ladies Health and Fitness Gym has decided to donate to me, a 3 month membership! Twice a week I will be going to the gym to workout with my personal trainer! This will help me improve my fitness. The swimsuit competition in the Miss Teen Canada – World pageant is worth 20%, and all delegates should be attending a gym. I am so glad that I can attend this gym, as all the women that work there are amazing, and very kind!

High NRG is located at  9010 McKenney Avenue St. Albert, Alberta Canada T8N 2T7

Phone: 780-458-8989

The wonderful owner of High NRG Ladies Health and Fitness is Val Keats, she is a very kind, and helpful lady!

High NRG is also holding a Girls Fitness Camp on July 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. The camp runs from 1:00pm – 3:30pm, and costs $119 plus GST. I will be there, most likely all of the days, cheering all the girls on, helping out, and participating. 🙂

A big thanks to Val Keats for the donation, and I hope to see all girls at High NRG for the Fitness Camp. 🙂

Thanks for Reading!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

 

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Yesterday, (Sunday, May 13th) I had the opportunity to attend ‘Clean Up The Sturgeon River’, an exciting way to help the environment. At the event, there were 2 choices you could pick from. Picking up garbage was one of them, (with gloves, garbage bags supplied) and planting trees (River Edge Enhancement Project or R.E.E.P) was the other. You could also participate in both, which was what my family and I did.

The Sturgeon River is a 260 km long river located in St. Albert, Alberta. The Sturgeon River feeds into the North Saskatchewan River, and crosses Sturgeon County, which was named for the river.

 * The Sturgeon River, St. Albert, Alberta *

I started off by planting trees with my parents, and my younger brother, Kyle. After you plant a tree you got to put a tag on it, with your name/ family’s name engraved in it. This was so that people could come back and visit their tree whenever they wanted, which was great because my family goes biking near the planting site every summer.

* Me being directed on how to plant the trees, by a R.E.E.P Crew Member. *

My family and I were having a great time planting trees, and my Mum actually caught my Dad and brother playing instead of working!

* Kyle and Dad being silly, while I put the tree into the ground! *

My family took turns doing different jobs, like pouring the soil into the hole, and putting the wood chips on at the end. After a while we could tell that Kyle definitely liked the soil…

… and pouring it all over my legs…

We ended up planting 4 trees, 2 big and 2 smaller ones. I was glad that my family was having a fun time just like me, and we will definitely be visiting our trees soon!

After tree planting, we went to sign in at the garbage clean up. We received our complimentary t-shirts, gloves, and bags, and we set off. We walked down one of our usual bike trails, and we found quite a bit of garbage along the river edge. I find it upsetting that people decide to throw their garbage into the river, or on the ground, because they don’t seem to realize how they are destroying our beautiful city. I am very proud of the people who came to pick up the garbage, and wanted to make a difference.

* Garbage hunting *

The day was a great success, and I will surely be coming out next year to enjoy the sunshine, and the knowledge we are helping the environment.

*These were the t-shirts given to the people who helped out with garbage clean up.*

Thanks For Reading!

Chloe Fulton 🙂

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Today I attended my 4th event since being crowned Miss Teen St. Albert – World 2012! The St. Albert Children’s Festival presented the 2nd Annual Butterfly Cupcake Challenge; where sponsors of the Festival compete in a fun, creative activity by decorating cupcakes, in hopes of winning the ‘Overall Cupcake Challenge Winner’! This year they also introduced a second award; the ‘Most Creative’ cupcakes. Both winning teams received a beautiful trophy.

The contest started at 11am, and all of the teams started creating their unique, and delicious cupcakes. At 11:30am the public was allowed to start voting for their favourites; which is a part of how the teams can win. I was asked to be a ‘Celebrity Judge’, and I excitedly accepted! I, along with Mayor Nolan Crouse, and Quinn Ohler (A reporter for Global Edmonton, and the Host of the Challenge) ranked the cupcakes, and then the public started purchasing the magnificent cupcakes. The public’s votes, the Judges votes, and the amount of money each team raised, was all put towards the teams’ scores.

(These were the Judging Cupcakes)

 

After the selling of the cupcakes, the 6 cupcakes from each team that were set aside for judging, were Auctioned off; and all of the proceeds are going towards the International Children’s Festival. The total amount was $1206.00 which was an amazing donation from the residents of St. Albert.

The Overall winning team was “St. Albert Centre“, (The mall where the challenge was held), and the ‘Most Creative’ award went to “Save On Foods”. Save on Foods had the cupcakes in an ice cream cone, with ice cream on top! They looked spectacular!

Quinn interviewed me about what I was looking for in a cupcake, and I said “The more toppings, the better!” I was very glad to have met Quinn, she is very sweet, and a great reporter!

Quinn Ohler, and me.

I also had the pleasure of taking some pictures with St. Albert’s Mayor, Nolan Crouse.

Overall, today was a fabulous today, I had so much fun. Stay tuned, because tomorrow I will be helping Clean Up The Sturgeon River!

Thanks for reading!

Chloe Fulton 🙂

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Starting the last week of April, my school has been training for Track and Field day, during Gym class. At our Track and Field day, it is mandatory to participate (with the exception of injury) and each student must choose 2 track events, and 2 field events. During gym class, we practice a new event everyday. We practice one running event, as well as either javelin, shot put, high jump, long jump, or triple jump. Today (Wednesday) we just jogged one lap around the field, and went straight to high jump. I was really excited for high jump, because it is my favourite of all the events, and I am fairly good at it.

Today I was not doing as well as usual, so I started to get discouraged. Every time my Gym teacher raised the bar, I was becoming more and more sure that I wouldn’t make it. I was either just skimming the bar, or knocking it off all together. On the highest level of the day, I was getting tired, and I knocked the bar over 4 times. I wasn’t planning on jumping again, when my good friend Vicki Warner (Placed 1st in High Jump at last years Track and Field day) ran over to me and told me that I had to try again. She ended up convincing me to try one more time, by telling me that all I needed to do was run faster before my takeoff.

I ran my fastest to the bar, planted my left foot, raised my right foot and……………

I made it over the bar!  

I have to say that I owe that successful jump to Vicki, she is an amazing friend and it felt really good to make it over the bar after many failures. I’m glad I did not give up, because this just proves that if you work hard, you can achieve anything!

 Vicki (left) and I in Grade 6! (2010)

Thanks for reading!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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