Can a children's book change the world? If you ask the Project Extra students in Oceanside, the answer is a resounding "YES!" 

Inspired by best-selling I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde and illustrator Peter Reynolds, the students sprang into action. They chose the Out On A Limb Foundation which provides prosthetic limbs to children in the U.S., Haiti and other locations as their charity for the school year. Sixth graders in the Project Extra program traditionally give back in their third and final year in the program.

Highlighting the focus on empathy in I Am Human, the children planned a variety of ways to raise funds with the guidance of teacher Angela Abend. Among the many activities, they arranged a story-time and demonstration of the Bloxels video game platform at Barnes and Noble, attended school events to sell t-shirts and other swag items, created a video with the help of OHS film students, hosted a Family Skype night at which author Ruth Spiro read a story to families assembled in the School #6 auditorium, used the Flip Grid video platform to host a virtual book club, and reached out via Twitter beyond their own community to make friends and encourage more donations.

There were even a couple of real life rockstars of the musical type who generously helped the children exceed their goal. 

On March 19, the students presented the Out On A Limb Foundation with a check for $10,575, more than double their original target of $5,000. Ms. Verde, Mr. Robert Schulman, founder and executive director of Out On A Limb Foundation, 
Logan Passe age 8, double-amputee superstar and Out On A Limb Foundation ambassador, teachers, administrators and Town Councilman Anthony D'Esposito were on hand to share in the celebration.

News 12 and Fios1 News sent news crews to film and broadcast the event and a reporter from the Oceanside/Island Park Herald was also there to document the celebration.

project extra students with robert schulman of Out On A Limb Foundation