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. Opera

    What is wrong with some of you guys??? THat is not nice... I am one of the kids from Spirit Lake and this is an amazing oppertunity to talk to people we wouldn't normally talk to. Gary- thank you so much for coming and talking to our classes. I really appreciate it.

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

      Thank you for inviting me in to your class.

      Please help AmpleHarvest.org help your community.

      >Urge a local pantry to sign up
      >Tell the local gardeners about it
      >Tell the newspapers and radio and TV stations about
      >Tell your friends around America about it.
      >Most importantly... tell your parents.... when they harvest from their gardens, they can find a local food pantry eager for the excess harvest. It'll help diminish hunger in your community, it'll help the environment, it'll make people healthier, and it won't cost anyone a dime.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. thatoneguy

    this blog is really of subject

    January 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. professor Phill

    i think we need to simmer down 

    January 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thatoneguy

    lol Atticus its a blog what did u expect!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. professor Phill

    nice interactive talk 

    January 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Atticus

    U wanna go? (thatoneguy)

    January 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thatoneguy

    Yes, lets take it downtown!

    January 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Atticus

    U got it! but i perfer uptown......

    January 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thatoneguy

    LOL! >:( bring it on!!!!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arnold

    Ok people lets get back on subject.
    I think its wonderful that these 8th grade Iowans could get a chance to talk to some of are worlds heros. I wish I had the chance to meet them. No body should listen to those jerks at the top aka Marco & Leeroy. Whoever this Block teacher is must be AWSOME! Who would of thought that a class in little Dickinson county could be on the CNN website!!!!!!! 🙂

    January 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. professor Phill

    well it is a good thing having those kids learn how to volunteer

    January 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Atticus

    Yes gosh those darn lucky 8th graders from Spirit Lake!

    January 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. noah

    kkk= kity kity kity

    January 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. noah

    kity kity kity

    January 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily McCaffery AKA Ease

      kity kity is a no no

      February 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. thatoneguy

    Atticus i bet your from spirit lake!

    January 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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