Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ISLC 2012

Exciting news! ISLC 2012 will be taking place at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The dates are July 30- August 4. The registration is not up yet, but keep these days free in your calendar. There will be many amazing speakers, great team bonding, and a lot of fun! We both hope that we will see you all in D.C. It will be a great time!

With Love,
Alexandra and Arielle

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tips for Club Fairs

As a freshman at Barnard College of Columbia University, I was excited to find out how easy it really is to become involved on campus. During the first week of school, I contacted the President of Columbia's Operation Smile Club, CU Smile, and because of my past involvement with and current enthusiasm concerning Operation Smile, I became the Treasurer of the club! :) As Treasurer, I co-lead Operation Smile's table at Barnard's Activities Fair today, where I told fellow students about Operation Smile and encouraged them to join the club. After being in charge of CU Smile's table today, I came up with a few strategies that I wanted to share with all of our readers who are also in charge of their OpSmile table at their school's club fair!

As an advocate for Operation Smile, it is crucial to not only focus on acting enthusiastic and motivated about the cause, but to also try to spread as much awareness as possible. I did this by wearing one of my Operation Smile shirts (V E R A N A S U M M E R S) and giving one to CU Smile's president to also wear during the Fair. This enthusiasm should also be used in the way officers persuade other students to join the club. Every time I had eye contact with a student, I immediately shouted, "Would you like to learn more about Operation Smile?" It's definitely important to have posters already taped onto your club's table with before and after photos of children who have received surgery so that the students you are reaching out to will see them and be encouraged to learn more about the organization.

A few pointers of what to tell students who want to learn more about OpSmile:

-Briefly explain the main activities of OpSmile (ex: OpSmile sends volunteering surgeons to third world countries to give free surgery to children with cleft lip and cleft palate facial deformities)

-State difficulties that children with cleft deformities might face, and then talk about how OpSmile changes the lives of these children so easily (ex: 1 in 10 children with cleft deformities will not live until their first birthday, but Operation Smile really works hard to change this by providing a $240 45 minute surgery to those children who really need it)

-Present the activities that the club will engage in to raise awareness and money for OpSmile (ex: We will be running a coin drive, night, and a run; in addition to inviting a speaker to come)

-Talk about how easy it is to get involved (ex: We only have meetings once a month)

-Discuss the benefits of joining the club for the member (ex: If you become really involved, you will have the opportunity to attend an Operation Smile medical mission)

It's also extremely important to have brochures about Operation Smile and multiple before-and-after photographs of the patients. I also thought it was helpful to place a Coinstar can on the table, in addition to offering papers that students can take with them when they leave the table. For this, I handed out both copies of my mission story as well as Smile Cards (thank you, James Reid). Smile Cards are tiny fliers that officers can give to interested students. They have a before-and-after photograph of a patient on one side, and that patient's story on the other. Officers can also put information about their clubs on these cards, like meeting date, time, location, etc.

I hope that our readers will be able to use these tips! If you have any other questions please contact me or Alexandra!

With love,

Arielle Sasson

Sunday, September 11, 2011


We are so happy to present a new, upcoming event to all our readers! "Operation Smile Night at Flatbread" will be run by high school teens across the state of Massachusetts to reach their goal of raising money and awareness for Operation Smile. Flatbread Company, a restaurant that prides itself on baking only "all-natural, wood-fired, clay oven pizza," will be open on the evening of Tuesday, September 20th, so that customers can enjoy dinner and part of the cost of their meal will be donated to Operation Smile! The event will be absolutely amazing, and will no doubt be a great way to support local businesses and global charities at the same time, just by enjoying delicious food. :) My best friend, Sarah Emily Garberg, and her fellow co-officers, Sarah Lehmann and Caroline Michelle, in the Lexington High School's Operation Smile club, will be heading the event. So, HAVE DINNER AT FLATBREAD AND SUPPORT OPERATION SMILE!

Event details:

Tuesday, September 20th, come anytime between 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Flatbread Company
213 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA

With love,

Arielle Sasson and Alexandra Spiegel

Saturday, September 3, 2011


I (Arielle) AM SO HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT ALEXANDRA SPIEGEL IS A NEW MEMBER OF OPERATION SMILE'S EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL!!!!! She is so passionate and concerned about Operation Smile, and has worked so hard for this position that she deserves it immensely. I am SO happy for her, and I hope everyone comes to the ISLC in Washington, D.C. next year so that we can see her use her skills to lead Student Programs!

About the Executive Leadership Council (ELC): The ELC is comprised of extremely dedicated, passionate individuals, like you, that are involved to make a difference in our world and the lives of others. The role of the ELC is to help move Operation Smile Student Program's mission forward.  They are here to help you and your club's efforts, so feel free to contact them.  They have all been involved for many years and are a great resource.

Please contact Alexandra Spiegel (or me!) if you need help with setting up, leading, or organizing a club, spreading awareness in your community about Operation Smile, or any other questions about the organization. Both of us have been involved in Operation Smile for many years, and we would love to help!


With love,


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


With all the technology that we use nowadays, it is actually so much easier to spread awareness and raise funds for Operation Smile! We want to present to our followers TWO new strategies that we are using to spread the word about OpSmile.

What better way to raise funds for Operation Smile than to advocate the organization on your birthday? Arielle is turning 18 on September 5th (woohoo!) and instead of asking for material gifts, she decided to create an official Birthday Wish on Facebook. For her Birthday Wish, Arielle asked all of her friends to donate $18 to Operation Smile's Official Cause! Facebook automatically puts "Top Donors" and "Sidekicks" on the sides of each Birthday Wish page so that people will be urged to donate more and more to the cause. She also created a public event to make her Birthday Wish more known to the Facebook community. If you want to create your own Birthday Wish for Operation Smile, make sure you create it several days before your actual birthday so your friends will have more time to donate! HELP ARIELLE REACH HER GOAL OF $240 FOR OPERATION SMILE (THE COST OF ONE CHILD'S SURGERY)!

Her Birthday Wish: Arielle's Birthday Wish

The Facebook Event: Birthday Wish Event

Another great way to bring smiles to children around the world is to create a OneSmile fundraising page.   From the Operation Smile website: This summer, join the ISCE OneSmile Challenge with other students around the world and create a personal fundraising page with a goal of $240 to provide a life-changing surgery for a child waiting for their chance to smile. From now until 3:30 p.m. EST September 1, share your OneSmile page with your friends and family to help provide surgery for children born with facial deformities. The top 5 fundraisers to the ISCE OneSmile Challenge will receive free admission to the 2012 student conference! (Travel is not included.)
Arielle just created her own OneSmile fundraising page! Please donate and together we can change the lives of thousands of children waiting for their chance to live a normal life. BE THE CHANGE!

With love,
Arielle and Alexandra

ISCE 2011

This year's International Student Cultural Exchange was absolutely amazing! As we stated in an earlier post, the student conference brought over 750 students from 23 countries to Beijing, China to enjoy new cultural experiences, grow as strong, dedicated, philanthropic leaders, and become inspired by those who came to speak to us. Fortunately, Operation Smile Student Programs is currently working very hard to keep this year's ISCE memories alive so that students can share their experiences with their friends and families.

Here are some ways that you can view the various aspects of the conference, connect with your friends involved in Operation Smile, and just follow daily updates on Operation Smile's social network profiles!

ISCE Blog and Photos

ISCE Keynote Speakers

Operation Smile Student Programs Facebook Group

Operation Smile's Official Facebook

Operation Smile's Official Twitter

With love,
Arielle and Alexandra :)

Top 5 Summer Fundraisers

There are a lot of fundraisers that work great in the summer. With the summer winding down here are our top Summer Fundraisers:

5) Frisbee Tournament-  Talk with city officials in charge of a local park, and ask if you can host an ultimate frisbee tournament. Get your friends from different high schools, and ask them to make teams from there school. Charge each team $5 per teammate, and sell concessions. 

4) Cashola Night- Ask a local restaurant or ice cream shop if they would help you with a cashola night. This means that on a designated night Operation Smile would get some percentage of their profit from that night. Then promote on Facebook, Twitter, and just about anywhere. 

3) Yard Sale- Have your club members send out a flyer to their neighbors listing a certain day your club  can pick up their old stuff for your fundraiser. Collect the stuff and start pricing. Then pick a date that works well (and maybe coincides with a neighborhood-wide yard sale) and start promoting that. Call the local newspapers to see if they have a section that promotes yard sales, and let all your Facebook friends know. If you want sell baked goods.

2) Good Old Fashioned Bake and Lemonade Sale- This is an easy fundraiser,  for it involves minimal planning. Find a busy place such as a back to school store, and make sure it is okay if you set up near them. With all that back to school shopping people will really need some lemonade or cookies. 

1) Car Wash- Make this the best car wash ever by finding a busy place to wash. Even try and get in contact with a local car dealership, and see if you can wash the cars in front of them.  Make sure everyone in your club brings something that will help, because this is a fundraiser that can cost almost no money for your club!

At all these events make sure you wear Operation Smile t-shirts, and have plenty of posters and brochures, so that everyone can know what a worthwhile cause you are helping.

We hope your try one of these end of the summer fundraising ideas, but you can always use them during the year.

With Love,
Alexandra and Arielle