Henderson students pointing to their display they created explaining the Books for Africa book drive

Mary Ellen Henderson Huskies in Mrs. VE's FLEX spent the 1st Quarter exploring the United Nations Sustainability Goal #4: Educational Equity. 

These Open-minded inquirers used TED Talks, documentaries, and discussions to understand what prevents children from receiving a quality education. After reflecting on their own experiences and researching possible solutions, 6-8th graders created a plan to take action. 

Students chose the organization Books for Africa because it works with local organizations to implement sustainable educational solutions in areas affected by war, natural disasters, and gender inequality. The students hosted a Book Drive, collaborating and problem-solving to make the project successful. In just one week, 563 children's books were collected, sorted, boxed, and weighed. 

Box and bags to collect books donated to the Book Drive

With just one more hurdle (shipping 242 lbs), students hosted a Bake Sale on Conference Day to raise money. Through this project, students learned there are many ways to take action. 

Everyone had something to give, and Malala's right: "One child... one book... can change the world."