september update

Posted September 25, 2011 by splatcharity
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I apologize for not updating sooner for I thought had but an unexpected error occurred. SPLAT has been going very well as its grassroots acoustica benefit concert raised over 1,000 dollars again. I would like to thank all the musicians and the donors again for helping SPLAT substantially. SPLAT is now officially in two locations in Minnesota as I have been working at People Serving People now for the past month   and continue my work at The Neighborhood House. My new volunteers, Rachel and Walker have now started working at LA Family Housing as SPLAT fully intends to keep working there as long as possible. I personally have been giving away many computers in the last couple months as SPLAT is stronger than ever!

S.P.L.A.T. July Update

Posted July 25, 2011 by splatcharity
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S.P.L.A.T. has been very busy as of late. I have continued working at The Neighborhood House in Saint Paul while my west coast manager and volunteer, Bradley Reinfeld has been continuing S.P.L.A.T. in Los Angeles. Unfortunately Bradley is going to college this year so I am in the process  of looking for possible future volunteers. I have also been in talks with People Serving People, a transitional living shelter in Minneapolis and I am hoping to bring S.P.L.A.T to their amazing program. S.P.L.A.T. is now busier than ever with 1 location in Los Angeles and hopefully to by the fall in Minnesota.

May Update

Posted May 17, 2011 by splatcharity
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It has been a busy month for S.P.L.A.T. My latest group of students have just graduated and received their laptops and chargers. and I am excited to meet a new group of students. All is going well in Los Angeles where Bradley is continuing his magnificent work. It looks to be another busy month for S.P.L.A.T. with my new students.

April Update

Posted April 3, 2011 by splatcharity
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SPLAT has been very busy as of late and all has been going well. I am continuing with my same group of students at The Neighborhood house in Minnesota and Bradley is continuing his work at LAFH. My students in Saint Paul are doing well and are on track to all receive their laptops shortly. Recently, Patterson Dental donated a generous amount of laptops that have been or soon will be used. I have also started to ask other companies for donations and I waiting for their responses.

 

January Update

Posted January 17, 2011 by splatcharity
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It has been a busy mont for SPLAT. In Minnesota I have given away 3 computers to 3 students who have just graduated. I am posting a picture of me giving away the computers along with this post.  I am excepting a new group of students next wednesday and am very excited to meet them. In Los Angeles my volunteer and west coast manager, Bradley  Reinfeld will soon be giving away some computers to a family that is soon leaving the shelter. I will post these pictures as soon as they are available.

 

November update

Posted November 14, 2010 by splatcharity
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All has been going well in SPLAT. I have continued my work in Saint Paul Minnesota and my Volunteer and now SPLAT’S west coast manger, Bradley Reinfeld has continued working with L.A. Family Housing. There is also another Grassroots Acoustica show in the working at the moment and i will release the date of the show when i know when it is.

SPLAT Update September

Posted September 21, 2010 by splatcharity
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I have just had my first tutoring with the terrific program, “The Neighborhood House”  it went extremely well and I look forward to going back next week. Also, there is a benefit concert with Grassroutes Acoustica coming up soon although a date has not been decided yet.

SPLATS new home

Posted August 30, 2010 by splatcharity
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After much thought I have decided SPLAT will be continuing its work at the Neighborhood House in Minnesota. I look forward to having many great times with new students and a new wonderful organization. I will start SPLAT  on Wednesday September 15th. I would like to thank the Neighborhood House for allowing SPLAT to operate at the Neighborhood House,  and I can not wait to get started.

SPLAT Update July 2010

Posted July 28, 2010 by splatcharity
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My family and I have just moved from California to Minnesota, after finally setting in I am in the process of finding a new charity for SPLAT. At the moment I have found two possible locations for SPLAT to operate and I am looking into others. I have a confident feeling that wherever SPLAT does operate will be fantastic!

Splat Update May 2010

Posted May 4, 2010 by splatcharity
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Splat has recently received the “Inspirational Award” from L.A.F.H. This was a huge honor and I would like to say thank you to everybody who helped me over the last three years with donations and helpful words. Alicia Lewis, a former student of mine gave me the award and her own personal speech, this was a touching moment for me and you can see my whole speech on the link below. SPLAT has been doing well with a steady amount of donations and new students. I look forward to bringing splat to minnesotta very soon, and i know that my new southern california manger, Bradley Reinfeld, will do a great job here in L.A.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK2jFfEYZIQ

SPLAT February Update

Posted February 23, 2010 by splatcharity
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All has been well for S.P.L.A.T. lately. We have a new student who is very energetic for S.P.L.A.T. Also, thanks to many generous donors S.P.L.A.T was able to raise over a thousand dollars at last week’s Grassroos Acoustica benefit concert. I would like to thank all of the donors and performers for helping S.P.L.A.T.

February 2010 update

Posted February 3, 2010 by splatcharity
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SPLAT has continued to go to LAFH and is in the process of finding a new shelter for Minnesota, where I will be moving with my family in June.  My goal is to have SPLAT up and operating by September when I start 9th grade.  Bradley Reinfeld will continue SPLAT in Los Angeles.  SPLAT has one new student, and one is coming next week. Also, one of SPLAT’s original students Alicia, has found a home and moved away from LAFH. Alicia plans on coming to SPLAT every once in a while to enhance her computer skills. Thanks to many generous donors we were able to give Alicia her own computer and printer/copier.

Grassroots Acoustica is going to be holding their third annual SPLAT benefit concert on Saturday, February 13th. I would like to thank Mark Islam for all of his support, dedication, and all of the awareness he has raised for SPLAT.  I would also like to thank all of the performers of Grassroots Acoustica (including my brother, Ryan)  for all of their help. I would also like to thank all of the people who read my facebook page and blog, thank you so much for looking at all of the updates and supporting SPLAT.

Sincerely,

Michael Guggenheim

SPLAT’S NEW SOUTH WEST MANAGER AND MOVING TO MINNESOTA

Posted November 26, 2009 by splatcharity
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Since my family is moving to Minnesota once the school year ends Bradley Reinfeld will be announced as SPLAT’S newest  southwest manager. SPLAT will be interviewing for shelters in Minnesota very soon and I am already looking into potential shelters. Bradley and I will continue to be in touch and will be possibly interviewing for some one to help Bradley out.

SPLAT December 2009 Update

Posted November 26, 2009 by splatcharity
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Many exciting updates to report. First off the kids have been doing great and are enhancing their typing skills rapidly. Grassroots Acoustica has officially announced another benefit concert for SPLAT in 2010. SPLAT has also received another shipment of laptops from Patterson Dental.

SPLAT October Update

Posted November 3, 2009 by splatcharity
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All is going well for SPLAT. There will be another benefit concert for splat thanks to grass routes acrostica stay posted and we’ll let you know when

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October Update

Posted October 2, 2009 by splatcharity
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S.P.L.A.T. continues to make weekly visits to LAFH, thanks to the help of its generous volunteer, Bradley Reinfeld who alternates weeks with myself. S.P.L.A.T. currently has 5 students and last week they enjoyed a new typing exercise where they had to type out clues to a mystery person thus practicing both there spelling and typing skills.

another graduate

Posted July 30, 2009 by splatcharity
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One of SPLAT’s original students, Spencer has just graduated. He still holds the title of being the only person to be able to complete the typing game, “Toby Typer” Thanks to generous donors SPLAT was able to give Spencer his own laptop and his own printer.

July Update

Posted July 14, 2009 by splatcharity
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S.P.L.A.T now has a total of 6 students each week who are all dedicated and love coming to S.P.L.A.T. I am also sad to announce the volunteer coordinator of L.A.F.H. Cecilia Ribakoff is leaving to go back to school but will still volunteer at L.A.F.H.

SPLAT’s facebook page

Posted June 3, 2009 by splatcharity
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I just made a facebook fan site for SPLAT. to get to the fan page sign in on your face book and search S.P.L.A.T. and if you scroll down to approximately the seventh picture it will have the SPLAT  logo sign it will say under it  “non-profit”  click on  the logo or view page button to view SPLAT’s page

Good Morning America piece on SPLAT 2008

Posted June 3, 2009 by splatcharity
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June 1,2009 update

Posted June 3, 2009 by splatcharity
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I have a new student and i am also training a new possible volunteer for SPLAT.   I am updating my mission plan and will post it for your reference . I am also putting together letters that i will to other transitional living centers and i hope to open up another location for SPLAT by this fall.

Another pair of successful graduates

Posted April 29, 2009 by splatcharity
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Last week another pair of successful graduates, a brother and a sister named Joshua and Vanessa, with the help of L.A.F.H. were able to move in to their own apartment. With the help of all the generous donors from Grassroots  Acoustica S.P.L.A.T. was able to give them their own laptops, a new printer, and software. It was a wonderful “Graduation”. I am expecting new students in addition to the continuing students. When my school year is over i shall begin to find a second shelter in which to continue S.P.L.AT.

Donor List

Posted April 12, 2009 by splatcharity
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SPLAT greatly apprecitates the donations by the following companies, people and families:

Ms. Lilia Arbona

Mr. Yona Engel

Klick Photography

Mr.&Mrs. Paul Guggenheim

Ms Wendy Conrad

Mr. Michael Gerber & Mrs. Gail Gerber

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Glaser

Mrs. Margaret Guggenheim

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hochman

Mr. Mark Islam

Ms. Pamela Kreitenberg

Ms. Linda Lapetino

Ms. Naomi Leavitt

Mr. Jerry Persky

Mr. Bradley Quick

Mr. & Mrs. Elliot Reinfeld

Ms. Evelyn Shafner

Mr. Paul Weisman

Many generous, anonymous cash contributors from Grassroots Acoustica Benefit #22, held Saturday, April 11, 2009

Patterson Dental Companies

Patterson Dental

Hoffman Brown Insurance Company

Ms. Margaret Guggenheim

The Davis Family

Don and Lolly Hochman

Mary Glarum, Esq., of Doll, Amir and Eley, for providing trademark registration assistance

Ms. Jenny Lapidus

Mrs. Ilene Reinfeld

Mr. David Batterson

Just Buy Ink

Howard Bunte

David Wilbourne

Stephanie Scotti

Smart kids software

Mr. and Mrs. James Wiltz

Ryan Guggenheim

The Wait Family

Ms. Liz Radley

Ms. Wendy Conrad

Ms. Jane Bolduc

Ms. Lilia Arbona

Ms. Linda Lapetino,

Mr. Mark Islam

Mr. Eddie Nichols

Ms. ElaineFerguson,

Mercer Advisors, Inc.

Mr.Ellis

Mr. C. Maloof

The Hendricks Family

The Buckner family

Mr.&Mrs. Randall Gourly

Imtiaz Manji

Morley Builder

Mr. & Mrs. Wynne

April 11, 2009 Update-Grassroots Acoustica

Posted April 12, 2009 by splatcharity
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This Saturday evening, Grassroots Acoustica generously held another Benefit Concert for SPLAT. For those of you who don’t know, Grassroots is a talented bunch of musicians who generously get together every month to perform benefits to collect money for local Los Angeles charities. SPLAT was lucky enough to be chosen in 2008, and again last night. Thanks to the following terrific performers, SPLAT received about $1,000 which will go to purchasing additional software, repairing the donated laptops and even sending printers home with the kids when they “graduate” from the transitional living centers. So thanks again to Mark Islam for doing this wonderful job, and to all of these great performers:

Ryan Guggenheim

Shira Kreitenberg

Jeff Kossack

Jane Bolduc

Jodi Siegel

Alfred Johnson

Tom

Byron

Kevin Fisher

Nicole Gordon

Marty Axelrod

Also, please look under “donors” for my thanks to all of you who contributed, and for all of you whose names I didn’t receive along with your generous cash donations, thank you very much as well!

SPLAT continues every week at LAFamily Housing with the help of my volunteer Bradley Reinfeld, and although SPLAT has completed its mission at Upward Bound House, I am researching for a new, second, location for SPLAT this summer, so stay tuned!

For quick reference, here are some links to SPLAT activities that you can see on YouTube (including the speech I gave last night at the Grassroots Acoustica benefit):

And for the  L.A. Times article  that started it all in January, 2008, you can see it on http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dysgraphic7jan07,1,5702958.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=3&cset=true

March Update

Posted March 5, 2009 by splatcharity
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Hey everyone, 

Sorry for not posting for a while SPLAT has been very busy. Both Shelters have been providing weekly lessons. SPLAT at Upward Bound in Santa Monica is on “Hiatus” for the time being but will hopefully start again during summer. At SPLAT’s last session this week at Upward Bound SPLAT gave 4 laptops to all the students who had participated  during the past six months. SPLAT will continue to operate completely at the valley shelter. I also plan this summer to look for a new location. Please save the date of saturday april 11th when grassroots acoustica will be hosting a benefit concert for SPLAT. Thanks again,

 

Michael Guggenheim

Donations received by SPLAT

Posted February 3, 2009 by splatcharity
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SPLAT greatly apprecitates the donations by the following companies, people and families: Patterson Dental, Hoffman Brown Insurance Company, Ms. Margaret Guggenheim, The Davis Family, Don and Lolly Hochman, Mary Glarum, Esq., of Doll, Amir and Eley, for providing trademark registration assistance, Ms. Jenny Lapidus, Mrs. Ilene Reinfeld, Mr. David BattersonJust Buy Ink, Howard Bunte, David Wilbourne, Stephanie Scotti. Smart kids software, Mr. and Mrs. James Wiltz, Ryan Guggenheim, The Wait Family, Ms. Liz Radley, Ms. Wendy Conrad, Ms. Jane Bolduc, Ms. Lilia Arbona, Ms. Linda Lapetino, Mr. Mark Islam, Mr. Eddie Nichols, Ms. ElaineFerguson, Mercer Advisors, Inc., Mr.Ellis, Mr. C. Maloof, The Hendricks Family, The Bruckner family, Mr.&Mrs. Randall Gourly, Imtiaz Manji, Morley Builders, Mr. & Mrs. Wynne

January/February update

Posted January 29, 2009 by splatcharity
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SPLAT just had its second successful graduate of upward bound who received his laptop. At Upward bounds request i will set up a meeting between upward bound and my school to discuss a possible community service relationship. everything continues well at the LAFH shelter thanks to my volunteer Bradley Reinfeld.

December Update

Posted December 14, 2008 by splatcharity
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I am happy to announce that SPLAT had it’s first graduation from Upward Bound House and a laptop was sent home with a great young boy. Bradley Reinfeld and I both still go to LAFH and Upward Bound House  weekly and continue teaching students. SPLAT will immediately resume after the first of the year. Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely,

Michael Guggenheim

December Update

Posted November 25, 2008 by splatcharity
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Hi it’s me again and everything has been going great. I recently went to my old shelter in North Hollywood to bring three more laptops and  visit  my SPLAT students including one new student. Thanks to my generous donors  I have a steady flow of  laptops coming in but since several students will soon be moving to their own houses and more learning games are always great it would be very appreciated if any type of donation could be sent. Once again my email is mguggs@gmail.com.

November 1,2008 Update

Posted November 2, 2008 by splatcharity
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I am proud to say I just returned from Seattle, WA. where I received the International Dyslexia Society Remy Johnson award for my work with SPLAT.  I feel very lucky that I was also able to bring notice to kids with dysgraphia.  I am still tutoring weekly at Upward Bound in Santa Monica, and my volunteer Bradley Reinfeld is still giving weekly tutoring at Los Angeles Family Housing in North Hollywood.  I will be bringing 3 replacement laptops to LAFH and a new printer this week, and will be giving away a laptop to a Upward Bound graduate later this month.  I still have enough donated laptops but I always continue to look for more since some are older and need to be replaced and some are being given away.  I have also been contacted by a third family shelter and I hope to meet with them later this month and talk about bringing SPLAT to them.

Please contact me at mguggs@gmail.com if you have any donations.  don’t forget you can always learn more about me and splat by guggling michael guggenheim and pulling up my LA Times article, GMA interview or CNN interview.  thank you to all my supporters.

Honored to win a IDA award and other updates

Posted September 28, 2008 by splatcharity
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I have just found out that i have been selected as the winner of the IDA (International Dyslexia Award) award. The award is given to kids who use their dyslexia or dysgraphia to put a postive spin on their or others life. I just wanted to say all of this has been like one big dream and i am so happy about being able to help others in need.

I have begun my weekly tutoring at Upward Bound House in Santa Monica, California working with 5 children, ranging from ages 6-12. My SPLAT volunteer, Bradley Reinfeld, is continuing his tutoring at LAFH in Norh Hollywood.  I am very grateful that thanks to all of my donors  (listed under donor section) I still have enough laptops and software to continue in both locations.

september 3rd update

Posted September 3, 2008 by splatcharity
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SPAT is still doing great and i am scheduled to have my first tutoring with upward bound next tuesday. also there is a possibility of the generous hearts of “Grassroutes Aucsita” doing another benefit concert for me. i will keep you updated on that information so if you want to come you will know when and where.

I would like to thank everyone for their loyal support of SPLAT i couldn’t have done it with out you!

Sincerely,

Michael Guggenheim

AUGUST UPDATE-NEW SHELTER AND NEW SPLAT VOLUNTEER

Posted August 17, 2008 by splatcharity
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I am happy to confirm that SPLAT has been welcomed at a new shelter. Starting in September i will be bringing SPLAT on  a weekly basis to Upward Bound Family Shelter in Santa Monica California. I am very proud that Executive Director David Snow and Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Chin have trusted me to work with the children of Upward Bound.  Just like I have been doing the past year at LAFH in North Hollywood, I will tutor the kids once a week and will provide laptops to them when they graduate.

I am also very happy to report that the weekly operations of SPLAT at LAFH will continue thanks to SPLAT’s terrific new volunteer BRADLEY REINFELD.   I have trained Bradley for the past few months and the kids love him and he’s a perfect fit for SPLAT – dedicated and kind.  I will continue to supply software and laptops to this shelter also, and Bradley and I will meet on a regular basis to talk things over and make sure SPLAT continues succesfully at both locations.

SPLAT also received another generous donation of 9 laptops from Patterson Company this week, and I want to thank them for their ongoing generous support of SPLAT. It has been a very exiting month and  i look forward to my next update.

Another gradaute leaves with a laptop and printer thanks to the generous doners of SPLAT

Posted July 14, 2008 by splatcharity
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June 19, 2008 update

Posted June 22, 2008 by splatcharity
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I brought two recruits for SPLAT for training and to hopefully continue the SPLAT tutoring at one shelter when I hopefully open SPLAT at another family shelter in the fall.  I will continue to ask for donations and used laptops for both locations.  I have been asked to talk at Los Angeles Childrens Hospital later in the summer and I will tell you more about it as it gets closer.  I have registered a new domain site splat-charity.org and when i can switch over to it i will post a notice, since that will be an easier site for people to remember.  and please remember my new email address is mguggs@gmail.com 

 

thanks!

Posted June 3, 2008 by splatcharity
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due to unbelievable amounts of spam i have been forced to change my email  address it is now mguggs@gmail.com   

Posted June 3, 2008 by splatcharity
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Although i haven’t updated recently i am still going to TLC and happy to announce another one of my student’s family has graduated to their own home and she was able to take her laptop with her. I am starting to look into a new shelter which will be closer to my middle school and will present my SPLAT mission plan hopefully by the summer. I am also trying to get a student tutor to continue SPLAT at its current LAFH foundation.

Posted May 3, 2008 by splatcharity
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SPLAT’s weekly tutoring is going great all of my students are exiling in typing.    Sadly I am going to change shelter due to where my new school is.  Luckily thanks to generous donors I will be able to continue SPLAT in a new shelter AND at the one i am at now.

Another Successful tutoring!

Posted April 12, 2008 by splatcharity
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This Week, SPLAT had another great tutoring.   More students are wanting to learn how to type. SPLAT has received some more great laptops and will continue to send laptops home with children when they graduate.

Major Break Through for student

Posted March 21, 2008 by splatcharity
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Last session a student of mine who has been diagnosed with learning disabilities and processing problems has just had a major breakthrough. Before this she would be very nervous and afraid to try typing. Now though, she loves typing and feels good about her self. I personally am really proud and happy for her.

Update

Posted March 8, 2008 by splatcharity
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Good News one of my original students Andrew just moved out and i was able to give him a laptop thanks to generous donors

Update as of March 2nd

Posted March 2, 2008 by splatcharity
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I would like to thank Grass Roots Accoustica for its great and successful fundraiser this past Saturday night.  Thanks to the talented musicians: Jane Bolduc, Byron Pfeifer, Alfred Johnson, Tracy Neweman & The Reinforcements, Steve Seskin, Bryan Tysinger and all the hard work of MARK ISLAM putting this together, and thanks to all the generous donations from everyone who came, Grass Roots Accoustica raised over $1,000 last night for SPLAT!!!!!  This money will 100% go to purchasing either laptop, learning CDs, or other things that will be used in the Shelter for all the kids i tutor.   I will add the names below in my donors section for people who gave checks (and will send a thank you letter for your tax records) if you gave cash and would like me to add you and send you a letter please email me at mguggz@yahoo.com

Thanks again so much again.  I’ll be back tutoring of course this week.

link to GOOD MORNING AMERICA and CNN stories

Posted February 25, 2008 by splatcharity
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GOOD MORNING AMERICIA. http://youtube.com/watch?v=1ygzz0V6CmM

CNN http://youtube.com/watch?v=cPKz937OxiY

Posted February 25, 2008 by splatcharity
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Hi it is Michael since the CNN  and ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA stories ran i have had an amazing response of kindhearted people who want to know about SPLAT. Many people have asked me questions and told me stories about challenges their having in life. It is very rewarding to be able to help others with these challanges. Some of you have asked questions about how you can help SPLAT and where you can send donations. I am making a list of the most common questions asked and their answers.

 1. Question: What kind of stuff does SPLAT need? Answer: I need working laptops that have cd/dvd drives and operating systems in order. I also need learning games and typing games. such as Jumpstart and Type to learn 3 and Microsoft programs.

 2. Questions:  Where can you ship donations. Answer: You can ship donations to:

Splat c/o Paul Guggenheim

185 South Douglas st.

Suite 100

El Segundo, Ca. 90245

Question 3: There have been a lot of questions about school and how I got started with a laptop and stuff my parents did so…How can i contact Michael and his parents. Answer: You can contact my mom at loriguggs@sbcglobal.net and in case you don’t know my email it is mguggz@yahoo.com

I hope these answer all of your questions if they don’t and you personally wan’t to e-mail me that would be fine. Thanks for all of your great comments and stories they really mean a lot to me. See you soon!

Sincerely, Michael Guggenheim

Recent Update Febuary 15th

Posted February 16, 2008 by splatcharity
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SPLAT has continued to receive additional donations of laptops and learning CDs.  I am really happy about this and I will be taking the new items to the kids this week.  I will also be presenting a laptop to one of my “graduating” students, Jasmine.  You may have seen her in the Good Morning America clip she’s really great and her family is now in their own home.  I will get 2 new students this week which is really exciting.

just a reminder that Grassroots Acoustica will be playing music of Saturday March 1st and “passing the hat” for SPLAT donations.  It is at Lulu’s Beehive in Studio CIty.

thanks for all your help everyone!

Posted February 3, 2008 by splatcharity
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Please understand that I really appreiciate all the great comments and e mails but I am just one kid trying to get through school while this is all going on. So if it takes me a while to get back to you don’t take it personally!  If you can’t reach me at my e mail you can always post a comment to the site. 🙂

Recent update January 27 2008

Posted January 27, 2008 by splatcharity
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Several exciting events which have happened and are coming up:  First, I have received the Volunteer Service Award from Secretary Spelling of the U.S. Department of Education, which is a really great honor and I hope this brings more attention to  dysgraphia in addition to SPLAT’s mission to get more laptops to kids here in the U.S.    I received an award from the International Dyslexia/Dysgraphia Society Inland Empire and got to speak at their meeting.  This was really great because they got to see how dysgraphia does not have to slow you down if you’re lucky enough to have a laptop and a great school like Los Encinos to support you.  The segment taped by Good Morning America, and a new one being taped by CNN next  week will hopefully air soon and bring more donations.  And finally a great group of musicians get together once a month to play for free, and collect money for a local charity that they pick.  This group called Grass Roots Acoustica are going to play for SPLAT money on Saturday March 1st.  If you want to come, I’ll be there with my family, its at LuLu’s in studio city, 13203 ventura blvd at 8:00.   Finally, I just got 5 almost brandnew laptops!  I am really grateful for everything that is happening because it keeps the donations coming, and I’m able to give my students their laptops when they graduate to their home with their family.   I am also really glad that I ‘ve been able to help other people with dysgraphia.

SPLAT’S first graduate

Posted January 18, 2008 by splatcharity
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Heaven Sanders has just graduated and received her own laptop as a present. I am very proud of Heaven not only because of how here typing is changed but also by her work ethic. Cecilia Ribikoff said ever since Heaven joined SPLAT her work ethic has gotten much better. I am eager to meet my next student that will replace Heaven

New laptops received

Posted January 15, 2008 by splatcharity
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I have just received two new laptops from generous doners who saw my article

Here is the web address to the LA Times article about SPLAT(you can copy and paste it into your browser). I hope this will get more laptops

Posted January 9, 2008 by splatcharity
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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dysgraphic7jan07,1,5702958.story

update

Posted January 4, 2008 by splatcharity
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Good news I have sent some more letters to companies and hoping to get some more laptops. I have also been interveiwed by the L.A. Times and Patterson dental newsletters and I hope this generates more laptops.

New laptop received

Posted December 17, 2007 by splatcharity
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Glad to announce I have received an additional laptop! I have also put out a donation box at school and hope to recieve some additional computer learning games from the Los Encinos families

Posted November 22, 2007 by splatcharity
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My weekly tutoring at TLC in North Hollywood is going really well.  The kids love coming and using the laptops for learning Word and using donated educational CDs to learn typing and basic reading and math games.  We got some mini speakers donated that attach to the laptops so it’s really working well.  After the holidays I’m going to try and get more publicity and help, so hopefully we can start to get extra laptops.  My goal is for kids who learn computer skills with me at the shelter to be able to take a used laptop with some CDs with them when their family “graduates” by getting a job and an apartment of their own.  I really hope we can do this one day.  I read about a man who wants to get every kid in Africa a laptop, thats great, but why don’t we take care of our own kids that need help too?

Posted November 8, 2007 by splatcharity
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Went with my shipment with laptops and started tutoring the kids.

First Delivery and Tutoring session for the Transitional Living Center (TLC)

Posted October 24, 2007 by splatcharity
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good news first delivery of laptop  computers and tutoring at TLC happened this past Wednesday, November 7th.  The computers have been loaded with games and learning activities, Microsoft Exel, Powerpoint, Word, and typing tutorials. The first session went perfectly!  I have a class of three children at a time, and will meet with them every Wednesday.  THey were ranging in ages 6 – 8, and were really wonderful kids who wanted to learn and have fun!  I also brought snacks, and they were eager to come again next week.  I really enjoyed spending time with these wonderful kids.

Met with LAFH

Posted September 29, 2007 by splatcharity
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I met with LAFH ( Las Angles Family Housing) and they are exited about this. Setup of the computers and training should start before the end of October

Donations received by SPLAT

Posted September 29, 2007 by splatcharity
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SPLAT greatly apprecitates the donations by the following companies, people and families: Patterson Dental, Hoffman Brown Insurance Company, Ms. Margaret Guggenheim, The Davis Family, Don and Lolly Hochman, Mary Glarum, Esq., of Doll, Amir and Eley, for providing trademark registration assistance, Ms. Jenny Lapidus, Mrs. Ilene Reinfeld, Mr. David BattersonJust Buy Ink, Howard Bunte, David Wilbourne, Stephanie Scotti. Smart kids software, Mr. and Mrs. James Wiltz, Ryan Guggenheim, The Wait Family, Ms. Liz Radley, Ms. Wendy Conrad, Ms. Jane Bolduc, Ms. Lilia Arbona, Ms. Linda Lapetino, Mr. Mark Islam, Mr. Eddie Nichols, Ms. ElaineFerguson, Mercer Advisors, Inc., Mr.Ellis, Mr. C. Maloof, The Hendricks Family, The Bruckner family, Mr.&Mrs. Randall Gourly, Imtiaz Manji, Morley Builders, Mr. & Mrs. Wynne Ms. Bowie, Mr & Ms. Tourtillot, Mr. Richard Ramos, Ms. Kimberley Morris, Mr. Travis Wiseman

How you can help

Posted August 19, 2007 by splatcharity
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There are many ways you can help SPLAT accomplish its goals.  If you and/or your company can donate used but functional laptops or you can donate computer learning disks and software (newly purchased in compliance with disk licensining laws) SPLAT will accept and distribute these donations appropriately.

Please contact me by e-mailing me at Mguggz@yahoo.com

Copies of SPLAT’s Articles of Incorporation and Federal Tax ID number can be provided to you and/or your company upon request and before you make any donation.

Mission Plan

Posted August 19, 2007 by splatcharity
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 Overview:

 

My name is Michael Guggenheim.  I am almost 13 years old, and have graduated from 6th Grade, and will start middle school in the fall at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California.  I overcame a challenge called Dysgraphia, which is a motor processing problem which makes it difficult for me to write and to get my thoughts out on paper (attached is a description published by a branch of the “International Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Association”).  The tool that changed everything for me was learning how to use a computer or laptop.  Now I want to share this tool with all children so that they can have the future they want too.  Nowadays if you do not know how to type or have basic computer skills, it is difficult to get a good job and you will be left behind in the world.  These skills are easier to learn when you are young.  For example, I began to use programs such as excel, word and power point in my school papers and math assignments as early as third grade, but many adults are unable to do this.   Many disadvantaged kids and teenagers do not have early opportunity and access to learning and using these computer skills and it is difficult to catch up later.

 

Mission:  My mission is to provide computers and learning software to children in shelters, low income residential projects and community centers because they might not otherwise have enough opportunities to learn how to use these tools.  My other mission is to be able to give every child I tutor a laptop when his/her family leaves a transitional living center to a home of their own. 

 

How I have already been reaching my goal: I have formed the non-profit 501 (c) corporation named S.P.L.A.T. – Showing People Learning and Technology.  My Articles of Incorporation have been stamped by the Secretary of State and can be provided to all potential donors as proof of SPLAT’s status and intent.  I have also a federal Trademark registration for SPLAT.  I have also been approved by the I.R.S. as an exempt corporation under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and SPLAT’s Federal Tax Identification No. is 26-0642173, and my donors can receive a charitable tax credit on their tax reports.   I have also established an wordpress website for SPLAT: https://splatcharity.wordpress.com/

 

If you go to SPLAT’s website, you can learn about what SPLAT has accomplished this last year.  I have received monetary donations, software, and laptop donations from many companies and people who are listed as donors in my website.  If you go to the second page of SPLAT’s website “Posts”, you can find the links to a Los Angeles Times article dated January 7, 2008 which profiled SPLAT’s work at the Los Angeles Family Housing, Transitional Living Center (TLC), located in North Hollywood, CA.  You can also use the link (or go to http://youtube.com/  and search “Michael Guggenheim”) and view the interviews that Good Morning America and CNN Headlines filmed earlier this year about SPLAT.

 

I have been tutoring students every week at TLC and I am happy to report that several of my students’ families have graduated to their own homes and each of these students have received a laptop to take with them.  I am training some of my friends to continue the tutoring at TLC, and I am planning to launch SPLAT at a new Westside location, closer to my Middle School (since my mom still has to drive me after school!).  I will continue to ask people and companies to donate laptops, software or money so that I can continue to give laptops to every kid from the two locations where SPLAT will hopefully be working with kids.

 

Conclusion: Over the past year, these kids have taught me so much and have all been so nice, polite, and so appreciative of the tutoring time and laptops they receive. After seeing all these great kids it enlightens my heart to see them going to their own homes with their own laptops and smiles on their faces.

 

You can read more about me and SPLAT in SPLAT’s website which I try to update regularly.  You can reach me by telephone at (310) 909-4501, or by email at  mguggs@gmail.com .

 

I am really grateful to TLC for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to having two locations and I will continue to tutor and work on getting more laptops.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Michael Guggenheim

President

SPLAT

 

where to E-mail me

Posted August 19, 2007 by splatcharity
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you can E-mail me at Mguggs@gmail.com

Hello

Posted August 18, 2007 by splatcharity
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Hello my name is Michael Guggenheim I am the founder and president of S.P.L.A.T (showing people learning and technology) I have my Mission Statement and other papers on this website. If you are on here that means you are probaly intrested in my charity. So I’ll Explain about it a little. S.P.L.A.T. is a non-profit charity that will distribute used, donated computer equipment and donated licensed software to  kids and teenagers in shelters, low income housing and or community centers who might not otherwise have access to these important tools and skills. SPLAT’s kid volunteers will also teach and tutor basic computer skills and computer games.

Hello world!

Posted August 18, 2007 by splatcharity
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