Hanna said one of the most memorable student collections came from a group of fifth graders in Queens, New York, who, because they did not have flower gardens nearby, created “Flower Power”—a collection of web content consisting of floral drawings and pictures.

Another school in Iowa created an entire collection focused on Iowa’s place in the “heartland of America,” and the students examined how the 2008 Iowa floods affected their lives and their communities.

Camille Kavon, an eighth-grade English and American history teacher at California’s Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education, first learned of the archiving project through the Library of Congress website, which she uses as a regular resource with her students.

Kavon said her students collaborate on which websites they’d like to include in their archived collections and hold small group discussions to discuss websites, write informational paragraphs, and check information as it developed.

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“Because of our work with primary sources in the classroom, they felt like they were leaving something of value for posterity,” Kavon said. “The fact that the project was implemented through the Library of Congress made them feel like their efforts were valued.”

One day, Kavon and her students had a conference call with Archive-It and several other schools involved in the project. Kavon said her students were encouraged by the program’s widespread reach.