Since when did 7th grade students start becoming interested and concerned with hunger and poverty in our community? I know that when I was a teenager that was the farthest thing from my mind.

How have these students become so service minded?

When 7th grade teacher, Missy Allen, contacted the Cobblestone Project, we had no idea how much of an impact her idea would have. She was seeking ways to help her students become involved in their community. With some brainstorming and action on her part, she implemented a curriculum to spark the imagination, creativity, and action among her 7th grade students.

First, she had the students study aspects of Arkansas History in which people have given back to their communities.

Second, she encouraged her kids to have a class-wide food drive.

Her class donated 420 cans of food!

Missy also put her kids to work by giving them an assignment: to think of an idea that would help their community. One student Ruth Davis, even decided to take the next step with her idea and follow through by implementing it in her own neighborhood. She is delivering flyers, asking for food and clothing donations to benefit Restoration Village, a ministry for women and children in a crisis time of their lives.

These students are paving the way for our next generation. Not only are they making a difference today, they are casting the vision for our future!

If you are a teacher or student that is interested in how you can make a difference like the "Elmwood Gives Back" class, please contact for more information and ideas.