The detailed suggestions that follow help students plan a class project
to create a lasting effect on the school or community. The inspiration
for the challenge is A Handful of Seeds, by Monica Hughes,
which tells of a girl in Latin America who helps other street children
by providing them with seeds to plant a food garden. Students learn
to recognize helpful actions that have a short-term impact and those
that have a lasting impact. Using assigned criteria, students evaluate
a list of possible class projects to enhance their school or community.
Individually, students recommend and justify their selection. Students
share their recommendations and adopt one or more projects that the
class then plans and implements.