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Order of Operations

Do you know anyone named Sally? Or, a better question, do you have an aunt named Sally? If so, what did she do? Sorry about that. Please excuse her. Aunt Sally these days. You really need to watch out for them. At least, that’s what we were taught. Originally, we thought everyone knew about that troublesome Aunt Sally, but did some research on the Amtrak

to be sure. The first lady we checked with knew the correct answer but hadn’t met our Aunt. To be safe, we asked a couple of other guys on the train. They both knew the answer, and both listed how they remembered the correct order – “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.”

For more context, we asked people if they recalled learning the ‘order of operations’ in grade school. When they confirmed they remembered, we asked how they remembered that order. It was a packed train so when the second gentleman confirmed he knew about the misbehaving aunt, a couple of others smiled and agreed. Originally, he started to list them out, “Parenthesis, exponents, mult…,” but we interrupted to make sure he knew this wasn’t a math quiz. Before we used this idea, we wanted to see how well known it is.

In the instance of Cardz for Kidz!, we will consistently keep track of the cards and monitor the delivery locations so there will be some math, #everycardcounts, but we can modify those words a bit when it comes to us. We’ve talked before about how we’d want to provide a scholarship (#whenwegrowup), purchasing video game systems for different locations (#blogpost), but this time we’d like to clearly list out how we’re prioritizing our growth and future goals. In order to make it a bit easier, we’ll use PEMDAS and refer to Aunt Sally.

  • P – Permanent Presence: This section is something we’ve referred to a couple of times before in previous blog and social posts. One of our first goals was to expand our presence and reach more kids across the USA, then across the globe. We needed to have at least one partner location in each state and each continent across the globe. Now that that’s been accomplished, our goal is to expand our reach and increase to more big cities both in the USA and worldwide. Our goal is for everyone to feel that although their cards may not go to someone close to them, someone close to them is being reached by our organization. What started off as just delivering cards in Chicago, Illinois has now expanded to delivering over 100,000 outside of this state.