How Would You Use a Million Dollars to Help the Community?


How Would You Use a Million Dollars to Help the Community?
5/12/2011 9:16:11 AM

Question gets M.L. King Magnet Elementary EAST students thinking, acting.

A Mom Sparks an Idea for King EAST Projects

Leah, an EAST student at Martin Luther King Elementary Magnet, was asked by her mom, “if you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?”

Leah thought that she would buy hygiene products and put them in backpacks for kids that needed them. The EAST Facilitator guided Leah in turning the idea into an EAST project.

Leah and her teammates used the technology in their EAST classroom to research possible clients, type letters and create flyers and banners for the Backpack and Shoebox project, which has received over 200 hygiene items from Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Twenty-eight packs (at least 5 hygiene products per pack) of items were donated to Treatment Homes, Inc., a foster care organization. The remaining items will go into backpacks for the school counselor’s and/or nurse’s office.

The original million-dollar question was put to all the students through a writing prompt:

If I had a million dollars, what would I do to change the school, community and the world?

From the responses and other project proposals, the students have been working on over 35 projects this school year. View student work and find out more about King EAST projects at Projects include:


Caring 4 Animals/Points 4 Paws

Pet Adoption Awareness/Basketball Charity

If I had a million $ .. I would help animals. —Timiya S.


King’s Next Top Model

Juvenile Diabetes Awareness/Fashion & Talent Show


No Bullying Posters and Play

King EAST Legacy Project


The Green Team

Recycling/Gardening/Trash Pick-up

If I had a million $ …I would change the world by . . . recycling. —Nylah J.


Let’s Move Too

Health and Fitness Dance Project

Inspired by Forest Heights Middle School (LRSD)


Walking and Running Club

Little Rocker’s Marathon

King EAST Legacy Project


Cartridges to Care packs

Avon care packs for Troops, Benefiting the USO

EAST National Service Project



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