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People well beyond the walls of McKinley Middle School may benefit from a variety of projects from 8th graders in the IB program.

Passion projects are an annual requirement for students enrolled in theInternational Baccalaureate curriculum at McKinley.

In a nutshell, students must pick a topic about which they are passionate and that positively impacts the lives of others.

“Our students do a great deal of reflecting throughout this process.¬†They gain a greater understanding of their own talents and interests and how these can contribute in helping others,” Denise Saverine, McKinley’s IB coordinator, told Racine Unified staffers.

Students last week displayed their projects for family, friends and their teachers. Topics covered a wide range:

  • Bingo games at adult care centers
  • Charity volleyball game to raise money for cancer
  • Goal of raising $20,000 for Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit organization that helps give food to hungry families nationwide

Saverine said the passion project component of McKinley’s IB program is unique because students drive the ideas and thinking it through completion and/or implementation.

“It allows students to reflect on the things that matter to them and consider the ways in which their passions can help or educate the community,” he said.