Genius Hour and The Heroes Project

This post is a shout out to my student, Ariel, and the amazing work she has done with her Genius Hour Project! Ariel is president of Voice For the Troops, a school club that has worked to support current and former military members in a variety of ways.  For Genius Hour, she wanted to develop a way to raise money for wounded Marine Corps veteran Charlie Linville, and his quest to climb Mount Everest.

Ariel discovered The Heroes Project website while researching military-related causes she could support. She was moved by Sergeant Linville’s inspiring and courageous story. Wounded by an IED in Iraq, Linville suffered fractures to his right foot, amputation of his right ring finger, lower spine trauma, mild traumatic brain injury, and ultimately, amputation of his right leg below the knee. Despite these injuries, he has fought his way through rehabilitation and teamed up with The Heroes Project to climb Mount Everest this Spring.

To date, Ariel has single-handedly accomplished the following tasks related to her project:

1. Set up and scheduled an open mic fundraiser to be held in our HS auditorium
2. Created a Facebook Fundraising page with the option to electronically donate to Sergeant Linville’s Everest fund.
3. Researched and communicated with members of The Heroes Project who put her in direct contact with Sergeant Linville
4. Arranged a Skype interview with Sergeant Linville himself! Below is a clip from the interview she she set up during our school-wide activity period today. Attendees were inspired and awed by his story, and his uplifting and personable demeanor.

I look forward to updating this post with the results of Ariel’s fundraising efforts, as well as updates on Sergeant Linville’s quest to conquer Everest!


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