OUR PROCESS - We all wanted to do this project but we had problems with when to meet - some of us had to watch younger siblings or we couldn't get to the library cause our parents worked and lunch (30 min) didn't give us enough time. Most of use didn't have internet at home or cells that always worked. Some of us, our parents couldn't give us access to their phones or our phones didn't have internet access in our apartments. A few weeks after we started, our teacher was able to get our schedule changed so that kids in our Per. 3 class could take cool electives like music and drama. This allowed us to work on our project during Per.3 while our teacher worked with the other students in our class. We really struggled, that's for sure!!! We had a hard time working on our own and some girls kept fooling around. This slowed us down, but did not stop us.... it forced us to make a very hard decision in the Spring semester which was to remove and replace some members of our group. It took us a long time to come to this decision. We knew we had to do it because it was stopping us from doing our challenge for change. We advertised for 3 new members. It took two weeks and we added three 7th graders and we were amazed at how quickly they went to work on our Bottle Flip Challenge and our Positive Memory Challenge. They could only meet at lunch and they were fast and clever thinkers. The part of planning time that was the best was at the local public library. We were not distracted and we worked between 2 -3 hours each time. Even though not everyone was always available we still all jumped in to get things done. Our teacher organized the time we spent to show us what it took for us to do this project. It was cool to see that we completed about 37,690 minutes! That's about 628 hours! Wow! Right?!!
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