Three North Glendale Elementary students presented to their peers a "Big Idea" on a school-wide service-learning project where students make a hospital feel more like a home for the children who are unable to leave the hospital due to illness.

The effort was spearheaded by fifth-graders Meredith Lang, Jerry Sanchez and Lizzie Stobbe with support from teachers Amy Potsou and Elizabeth Stickley. The group attended The Big Return conference in November and came up with project ideas on how North Glendale could participate. The Big Return is a campaign to leverage the power of local youth to create big change in the world.

Out of the presentations and brainstorming sessions students developed a project called "North Glendale Superstars: Making a Hospital Feel Like a Home." The project involved students earning money to donate and contribute toward a donation to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where funds would be used to purchase video games, books, DVDs and stuffed animals.

The students brought in their earnings the week of Jan. 23-27. A $500 collection goal was established and was shattered the first day. By the end of the week, students had collected $2,381.23. They presented the check to a St. Louis Children's Hospital representative Feb. 7.