Marcus and Hector, two students at The Greenhouse School in Salem, MA, carefully lay out a part of the pattern for a quilt they are making to auction off in order to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Nambalirwa-Lugudde and her colleague, Susan Wright, spent the better part of a day brainstorming with the kids, and what finally emerged was to make and auction a quilt that pays special homage to the culture of New Orleans.
How much do they hope to raise? The kids are hoping to attract the attention of someone in the entertainment industry. "You never know," says Nambalirwa-Lugudde, "but it could be one of those things where someone comes out of the blue and bids $500,000." Wishful thinking? Only time will tell. But whatever the final tally, the kids intend to use it all to help families hurt by the floods. And the lesson they will learn from putting their compassion into practice? Priceless.