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Students show their 20 Time projects at KMS
Sue Scott

Students at Klondike Middle School are finding passion and purpose in a year-end assignment. Sixth grade students embraced a 20-Time assignment: spend 20% of their time (four Fridays) in social studies class working on a project that will help them learn and grow as a person. This is an idea from Google that has employees spending 20% of their time working on something that will benefit Google. 
 
Teacher Anne Brandt says her classes raised $197 for charity, collected numerous supplies for the animal shelter, started businesses, cooked new foods, created crafts, learned photography, cleaned parks around West Lafayette and many other creative projects.   
 
"I learned that hard work is the key to success. We had a blast raising money for Klondike Summer Rec League, " says student Tyler Wilson, whose group raised $119 for the league through hosting a wiffle ball tournament.
 
"I got to cook, which is my favorite thing to do. I learned how to cook family recipes and not get distracted while working,” says sixth grader Jenaya Baker, who made multiple recipes for her family to try.
 
One of the students created a business called Pooper Scooperz, in which he cleans up his neighbors' yards. Maddox Hoppenjans learned about marketing his product and had to pay for advertising. His advertising paid off. He raised $90 through his hard work. 
 
Student Keelen RedElk made lightsaber pens that he sold in his neighborhood. He raised $30 for the Crystal Creek Animal Shelter, while Thomas Kelly collected donations such as kitty litter, towels and food. Taylor Clawson made nine tie blankets to donate to the Heartland Animal Hospital.
 
"I am so proud of this group of kids,” says Brandt. “They dreamed big and made a difference in our community. They learned so much about hard work, perseverance, and working with other people. These kids have a really bright future ahead of them."  

KMS 20 time projects