Third-graders showcase city change-makers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A dozen third-graders from Free Union Country School had the chance to learn about heroes in the city.

These students had the opportunity to interview, write and draw pictures of the heroes.

The final results were displayed at an exhibit in City Space on Friday afternoon.

Blair Amberly is a third-grade teacher at the school. He said this is the first time they put on this project to help kids understand how they can make an impact.

"It's been several months of working on this project," said Amberly. "I really wanted kids to understand what it means to make a difference in the community."

He said this project is meant to give these students a chance to talk and learn about these local heroes.

"We've been reading books about making a difference in the world and what that looks like and I wanted it to be really close to home with people they can interact with," said Amberly.

Elisabeth Scott, one of the third-graders at Free Union Country School, did a project on John Hunter, a teacher and education consultant in the city.

In 1978, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game.

"He created this game called the World Peace Game," said Scott. "He's almost gone all the way around the world teaching kids how to play this game."

Hunter's story inspired Scott to fulfill her mission of making a difference in the community.

"I want to make the world a better place," said Scott.

Amberly also said this project showed his students how they can start making a difference in the community.

"Third-graders are just becoming the people they are going to be and they have this openness to the world that is so fantastic," he said. "They have all the same characteristics in them that these adult change-makers have and I wanted to plant that seed that these are people in your community that care just like you care."

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