A few months ago, we held a benefit concert at our school called Concert for Change, in which we collected money donations for the Pennies for Peace organization and collected books for New Orleans schools still struggling to rebound from Hurricane Katrina. One of my students spearheaded the book effort, and I assumed we would ship the dozen or so boxes of books, but he and his mom surprised me by saying they intended to deliver the books personally.
Last week, during our vacation, they did that, driving from Massachusetts to New Orleans to bring the books to a school that they had identified through their church organization. What a great learning experience for him. He brought back some pictures, and I made him this Animoto video as a gift of thanks. He also brought his Flip, so I am looking forward to seeing what he captured on there, too.
Peace (in the thoughtfulness of students),
PS — Here is some footage from our Concert for Change: