Some middle school students learned Friday that the world is indeed a small place, and that a small gesture in Oklahoma can make a difference halfway around the world.
For Meagan Hawley, a teacher at Summit Middle School, teaching her students about Africa was a given. Hawley spent nearly four years living in Zambia.
"I helped run an orphanage," Hawley said. "We had about 75 kids under the age of three that were orphaned."
Hawley helped organize Operation Africa, a chance for Summit's students to learn from not just a book, but about food, culture, and how life in Africa is different from theirs.
Students listened intently to a Summit parent talking about her life in Zimbabwe, before she and her family moved to Oklahoma.
The project also collected clothing and supplies for the orphanage where Hawley worked. Last year the students collected fifty boxes of supplies. This year's total is not in yet.
It's a labor of love for Hawley.
"I love what I do here, and I love these students, and I love helping show them a little bit more of what's going on in the world," said Hawley. " Even at this age they have the capability to help and change things."