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JONESBOROUGH, TN -

In Mrs. Kimberly Phipps 1st grade class at Jonesborough Elementary School, you will be amazed at the answers the 6 and 7 year olds give when you ask them what they will do to change the world.

" I want to be a baby doctor to keep babies safe," said one little girl in the class.

"I want to be a spy because I could get bad guys and teach them to be nice," said a little boy in the class.

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Mrs. Phipps says her students were upset and never wanted anything like that to happen.  She said the class needed a creative outlet to process and heal.

"We discussed it and we decided we would write a book that would try to change people's hearts," said Kimberly Phipps.

Each student in the class wrote and illustrated one page in the book.  Mrs. Phipps points out that there was a lot of thought and care that went into each students story.

"Nick for example, he wants to grow a huge plant to feed all the people in the world so nobody will starve," said Phipps.

The class decided to dedicate the book to the children and families in the Sandy Hook community.  Then Mrs. Phipps sent the book to publishing, just to make a copy for each of the students, but then a big surprise.

"They called me and asked me if I would be able to write a release because there was a lot of interest in purchasing the book," said Phipps.

Phipps says as of now, more than 250 of the books have been purchased across the nation.  Leaving a small profit for the class, which they decided to donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital because of one of their courageous classmates, named Aliyah.

Aaliyah McDonald has leukemia and received chemotherapy treatments every week.  The class wanted to honor her fight by donating the money to the same hospital Aaliyah drew on her page in the book.  The hospital Aaliyah says is her favorite.

"I like it because they take care of people," said Aliyah McDonald.

And if you ask Aaliyah how she wants to change the world....

"When I grow up I want to be a doctor. I will help children like me not to be sad and give lots of hugs and always tell them they are going to get better," said Aliyah.

The goal of the book was to let the world know how these kids are going to make it a better place in the future, but these stories are already creating change.

If you would like to purchase one of the books, email Mrs. Kimberly Phipps at PhippsK@wcde.org.  The books are $20.

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