by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) Seventh graders at Hoover School in Waterloo held "Make a Difference Day."
The day is a kick off for a research paper the students must write for language arts. The paper is about people and organizations making a positive difference in the community and the world.
To help prep the students for the paper, nine sessions were offered. Some of the 300 students heard from UNI cheerleaders and members of our armed services about how they make a difference.
During other sessions, the students worked on special projects.
"The kids are making pads for the humane society to keep animals warm and blankets for babies," said teacher Darby Kurtz.
Teachers hope the students are inspired to give back.
"We feel seventh graders are so enthusiastic and when they get excited about something they jump in with both feet. so we really want them to feel they can do a little thing that will really make a difference for others," said Kurtz.
Seventh grader Brandi Hunter helped make blankets for Seeds of Hope in Waverly, which helps victims of domestic violence.
"We're making fleece blankets for newborn babies that their parents don't necessarily have enough money to get their own," said Brandi Hunter.
Hunter said this "Make a Difference" day has shown her it doesn't matter how young you are, everyone can do something to make a positive difference in another person's life.
"It's good to help people," she said.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner