Eighth graders learn big lessons from CNN Heroes assignment
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow e-mailed and chatted over Skype about his work to relieve hunger problems for kids.
January 5th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Eighth graders learn big lessons from CNN Heroes assignment

For a group of eighth graders in Iowa a language arts assignment turned into an eye-opening experience when they got the chance to speak with some of the CNN Heroes winners.

Their teacher assigned them to draw names of the CNN Hero finalists and try to reach out to them for a Skype session for class. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who was named a hero for his efforts to towards global hunger relief, shared stories with the students of other kids, worlds away, who don't have even the simple luxuries the Dickinson County kids likely took for granted.

"For our kids to hear these stories about other students their age that all they want out of life is education and a meal," teacher Chris Block told the Dickinson County News. "That's pretty amazing– for our students to know what life is really like in other places."

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  1. Atticus

    I know who snowflake is!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    hello i am bill i dont like to type a lot 😛

    January 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bill

    ha ha i do to

    January 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thatoneguy

    hey Bill I told u not to announce my name early!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    no i really dont i am jsut bad at grammar that is y i hate this assignment........ that is all

    January 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. thatoneguy

    ELLO MOTTO!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. professor Phill

    It is wise to keep your is an exilent idea

    January 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. professor Phill

    it is a wise idea to keep your kid in school

    January 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. that one guy's brother

    Hello i am you!!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. professor Phill

    and just because your kid is rich dosent mean you shouldn't go to school

    January 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thatoneguy

    Whoever thinks that this Language Arts project is Dumb shouldn't blog here cause thats mean! 🙁

    January 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. professor Phill

    mortgage rate hit 2.99% today

    January 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. that one guy's brother

    I like the language arts project

    January 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. professor Phill

    i agree with thatoneguy

    January 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Atticus

    That is ridiculous! Please make your blogs longer and elaborate as Hummingbird said;) It is a waste of blogging if it is too short and if it doesn't make sense. For future references you are going to get slammed in the real world if you don't use proper grammar and punctuation.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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