Many middle school language arts classes follow a pattern: Read a book, write an essay, rinse and repeat.
But this year, Dumbarton Middle School language arts teacher Justin DePrima’s eighth-grade classes broke the mold, raising thousands of dollars to support girls’ education through the Washington-based nonprofit Malala Fund for a class project.
“We’ve done something and we’re still so young,” said Lily Harrison, 14. “It shows we can make a difference.”
As of Nov. 29, the 62 eighth-graders in DePrima’s classes had raised a total of more than $3,400 – more than halfway to their goal of raising $6,200 by Dec. 31.
DePrima said his two Gifted and Talented language...