New Years Auction

New Years Auction 2012

Did you miss the Holiday Auction?  Well you’re in luck!  We saved a few items for the New Year’s auction happening now until Jan 19th on

You can have dinner with actor/writer/producer Mike O’Malley and tour the Paramount lot, go to one of your favorite comedy shows, get an interior design consultation from one of the country’s top interior designers, spend a week on the beach in the Hamptons, attend Dancing with the Stars and more!

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Sold into slavery by her family, now hopes to fight human trafficking

Shyima Hall - slaveryBy Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2011

A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage.

On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall’s rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent.

“I went through something terrible, but right now I’m in a great place,” Hall said after Thursday’s citizenship ceremony at the Quiet Cannon Country Club. “I can’t imagine anything greater than having my own life.”

Hall’s Egyptian parents sold her into slavery when she was 8 for $30 a month, according to authorities. The Cairo couple who bought her moved to Irvine two years later, smuggling Hall into the U.S. where she toiled for them and their five children until she was 13.

Hall said she worked 16 hour days, scrubbing floors, cooking meals and cleaning house, and was rarely allowed outside the spacious home. She was forced to wash her own clothes in a bucket and was forbidden from going to school. She never visited a doctor or dentist and didn’t speak a word of English.

Her captors, Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, berated her and occasionally slapped her around, authorities said.

“I didn’t know anything about what America was about. My only hope was to go back home and live a normal life with my family, my brothers and sisters,” she said. “That’s all I wanted.”

read the rest of Shyima’s amazing story at:,0,1583100.story

The Harvest/La Cosecha Companion Curriculum now available!

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As the producers of THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, we have always believed in the film’s potential classroom and service organization use in middle schools,

Download the PDF of the Companion Curriculum

Download the PDF of the Companion Curriculum

high schools and universities. With many years experience both teaching personally as well as working with middle school teachers, however, we knew that the film had to be accompanied by excellent curricula. Collaborating with educators who volunteered their time and experience, Shine Global feels confident that educators at all three school levels will be able to create meaningful classroom and after-school experiences for their students.

The curriculum covers 5 subjects, most for grades 7-12, and incorporates viewing the film with discussion and homework exploring the themes of the film:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Economics (Grades 11-12 only)
  • Health
  • Geography (designed for grade 9 but can be easily adapted for other grades)

We wish to acknowledge the college instructors, middle school and high school teachers, pre-service teachers and students who contributed to the development of these curricula. Without their help we would not have been able to offer these unit plans in Social Studies, English, Economics, Geography, and Health.

We hope that THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA will make a vital contribution to both the cognitive and affective learning of students nationally and internationally for Tramadolbest many years to come. We welcome your feedback and that of your students to these lessons.