A recognition of the “Genius Hour” is behind an effort bringing passion to projects that are the student’s primary interest. Students learn how to make projects that are important to them real and successful, thus the name “passion projects”.
One of the passion projects that is being worked on at Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Ashtyn Ellerton is making and selling baby bibs and onesies with her cousin to benefit the American Heart Association, as a tribute to her dad who passed away from heart problems when he was just 40 years old. Each bib and onesie is decorated with a heart.
They have sewn approximately 100 items, raising hundreds of dollars. They use the funds to buy more fabric and make donations. Their bibs were vought by a TV show “Bringing Up Bates” and will be featured on the program.
“I think we’re trying to make the world a better place,” Ashtyn said.
A passion project in teacher Anne Keith’s class is a project that they personally want to study and research, all based on the theme of making the world a better place.