A language arts assignment got students thinking about what they can do now to have a positive effect on the future.
This year, some students at Koontz Intermediate School were encouraged to be their own heroes. And a number of the sixth-graders jumped at the chance to look into the future.
Students were assigned to create a perspective piece of 20 years into the future. They wrote autobiographies about what they would be doing with their lives.
Teacher Delana Parker said project-based learning is the key to inspiring her students to make changes.
"If I had just taught them the format and said, 'OK, here's how you write an essay, now do it,' I don't think it would have been as meaningful, and I don't think that's called learning," Parker said.
Many of the students drew self-portraits and included which college they attended, where they lived and where the worked.
"Well, I hope that the world's just, be like, there's no, like, it's just going to be more positive. And I wrote about how I'm going to change that and stuff," sixth-grader Tanner said.