Igniting youthful passion

Elementary school teachers and administrators know that their students have energy to burn. Focusing that energy in a positive direction is a challenge they face every school day.

But when youthful passion, imagination and desire to help others are mobilized, the results can amaze.

That’s what happened at School #9 when teacher Robin Hill and program leader Shannon Costanzo partnered on a project to ignite 4th, 5th and 6th  graders' enthusiasm and creativity in service of those in need. Mr. Green's Boy's Group and students from the Peace Club and Math Club led the Water for South Sudan fund-raising effort by establishing an in-school bookstore. To date, the student-run enterprise has raised $3000. Along the way, they've also acquired some new skills.

The results are exceeding expectations in ways not measured in dollars. Students learn about business and how they affect people's lives in one of the world’s poorest regions.  In the process, these young people are enriching and transforming many lives, including their own.