"Genius Hour" class at LHS inspires teen to get involved with Hope4Justice

Action steps against trafficking:  1: Attend the Hope4Justice public meeting this Tuesday, 5/15/18 from 7-8:30 pm.  Details below.  2: Stop by Emma's booth at the Lynden Craft Fair on Saturday, 5/19/18.  Details below.

Emma makes and sells bracelets.  In December of 2017 she contacted Hope4Justice, asking if it would be ok if she donated a portion of her profits to this organization. 

Our reply was, "Yes, of course!" 

What was it that led Emma, a freshman at Lynden High School, to choose Hope4Justice as a beneficiary? 

She explained that her English teacher, Mrs. Tess Carey, has implemented the concept of "Genius Hour" in her classroom. Based on an idea inspired by Google, Genius Hour encourages creativity and allows students to explore their own passions within the classroom. Combining both research and presentation skills, Mrs. Carey challenges her students to "Change the world with a project that impacts your community."

Examples of projects that have been done in her classes include organizing homework mentors for a 5th grade class, having a blog on peer book reviews, and providing sack breakfasts to the homeless. 

Emma chose to combine her bracelet making skill with a desire to make a difference in the realm of human trafficking.  Thus she looked to support the anti-human trafficking efforts of Hope4Justice.  She says, "The more I learn about it, it seems like it's something that needs to be heard by the community."

You can view and purchase Emma's bracelets on Etsy (search forshopbraceletsbyemma) or view her wares at the Lynden High School Craft Fair on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9am-4pm  in the LHS gym.  Prices range from $2 to $15.  She also plans to hold a raffle with the proceeds to benefit Hope4Justice.

We salute Mrs. Carey for engaging her students in meaningful learning and are honored that Emma would choose to benefit Hope4Justice with her bracelet sales. 

Tess and Emma are awesome examples of how to make a difference by doing what you can, right where you are.

I'd give them both an A!
Sue Ann

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


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Celebrate with us at the next Hope4Justice public meeting THIS TUESDAY, 5/15/18 at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  

We're saying thanks to volunteers, unveiling our new video, and awarding a $1000 STEP scholarship.  Join us for cake, punch, and celebration!

Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left