My name is Kristine Tirone. My goal is to do something I never thought I'd be able to do. Meaning, I never thought I'd even get close to having the opportunity to leave the country, or be involved with a class in this way. Setting standards for myself and working towards something is a new thing for me. I'm writing this blog to raise money to send my class to Costa Rica. Our class, as a whole, is trying to fundraise over $15,000. This will fund everything from our food, a place to stay, to our flight.

I'm getting a new understanding of what it's like to deserve what you work for. Before, I would sit back and let everyone do the work and I would take the credit. My personal struggles got in the way of my everyday functioning. My focus on education was lost to my other struggles. Not only was I not understanding the work, but I had an increasingly low work ethic. This all started to change over the summer of 2010. Bryan, my teacher, makes it known that he has an extremely low tolerance for slackers. I didn't want to disappoint him, and this motivation was new to me.

I realize as my interactions with people started to change, I started to as well. Bryan always expected nothing but good things from me, and I've given him nothing but that. I suppose if you feel a certain way or act a certain way, you become a certain way. From there it's history, ever since I've excelled in my school work and always do what I say I will. You're only as good as your word.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Real Deal

Its all starting to become real. Costa Rica is in my reach. We have the seats on the plane booked, and my passport in hand. I'm ready. This week the Costa Rica class is finishing the last chapter of "Walking with Wolf." I guess I never thought we'd come this far. I have such a sense of pride for my classmates and me. The plane tickets symbolize the realness. I just want someone to pinch me, it's so surreal!

We leave the 6Th of April and return to Boston airport the 16Th of April. I'm a little nervous but I think once its closer ill be okay. My mom is so excited for me. She reminds me everyday what a great thing this is. On our trip my classmates were really thinking about going to the coast. We still need 1,500 dollars to have a truly awesome trip and do everything we want to do while down there. All we need is forty gifts of forty dollars.


>Also the Robert J Costa Rica Class was in the Portsmouth Herald today, look for us and find out the latest fund-raisers and links to our websites!


  1. KT, No need for pinching here. You,(and your classmates,) and the work you have done up to this point are driving the real-ness of accomplishing your dream.

    Remember this time; the moment you got your tickets and passports, because they really are only paper. The importance of them is in the actions they inspired in you. Now, nothing is beyond your reach!

  2. Thanks so much Ellen for all your support! You are such a positive and helpful person in our lives. I think I can speak for the entire Costa Rica class when I say that we are all truely grateful for all that you've done.

    We would NOT have gotten this far without your pushes and little reminders to keep the prize in mind!

  3. :^)
    I am excited about what is coming next!!