February 25th, 2008
05:16 PM ET


Michael Guggenheim's program, Showing People Learning and Technology (SPLAT), is a perfect example of overcoming one's own challenges and then using what was learned to help others.  Of course, not everyone starts a charity or changes a community.  But there are other ways of helping people:  One good friend of mine assembles care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas; another leads a group of teenagers at his church.  And a bunch of folks at Turner, where I work, spend a lot of time volunteering.

How do you (or how does a friend of yours) help others?  Large-scale or small, whether it's for people or pets, let us know right here how someone you know is making a positive difference.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. sajid

    Threr are just two forces that power the mind. Ignorance and wisdom. All thinking, all action springs from a combination of the two. Those who act from wisdom are few and far between. Obama is one of those rare leaders who has wisdom. He inspires us to think and act outside our boxed lives. He brings out the best in us.


    February 26, 2008 at 1:54 am | Reply
  2. John

    I am in the Division on Ministries which is Methodist Youth who help teenagers see Christ and stay on Christs path, but I wanna start my own fundraiser Disciples4Life which is a place where youth can asked for prayer and we raise money for youth to go on Methodist trips like YAC and Youth 11'

    February 26, 2008 at 4:04 am | Reply
  3. 5th Grade Class

    We think SPLAT is a fantastic program for kids. Does Michael plan to expand his program to other parts of the United States?

    February 26, 2008 at 10:27 am | Reply
  4. MR.Ks class

    One student's mom donates to Gifts for Kids. LMS classrooms donated turkeys and food to needy familys for Thanksgiving. Mr. K's kids raise money to help a poor Mexican City. Another student shovels sidewalks during the winter.

    February 26, 2008 at 10:29 am | Reply
  5. mr. k

    We give toys to toy for tot.

    February 26, 2008 at 11:07 am | Reply
  6. Matt

    Hey Carl-

    I really look forward to your show everyday!!! Its my favorite! I think SPLAT! is a wonderful program that i think will help many children learn how to use computers so that they can do what they want with their lives!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  7. kenzie

    Hi Carl! My class loves your show! I just wanted to tell you about how I, myself, help others. During the soccer season, I coach 1st and 2nd graders at the school I go to. They love soccer now and are all squirming to play soccer with me again! Love you show!

    February 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  8. judy

    i think what he is doing is really good and for him to be at such a young age and willing to help out w/ the community is great!!

    February 26, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  9. michael

    hey carl
    i have the same diagnosis as michael does and i was wondering if there was a way that i can get ahold of him? im in high school and it took them that long to figure out what i had. if you have a way that he can contact me that would be great thank you.

    February 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  10. Elliot

    I think its good that Michael Guggenheim started SPLAT and helps people. I also like CNN Student News!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  11. Philine

    I think that the whole SPLAT thing is pretty cool and that it really inspires people to do good in the world. Our class has been doing lots of stuff for the enviroment too, and are very interested in helping the planet. For example, my friend has been doing a Releaf project, which is where she collects donated money from the students and gives it toward replanting the trees that we have torn down. Our school in general has also been very charity- friendly. We have been doing projects such as Project Dignity, which is when we collect up (new) underwear for poor children who have to reuse theirs everyday. We also are doing an Adopt- a- Soldier project, which is where we will send donated everyday items to soldiers living in bad conditions. Lastly, we are doing a Save the Condors! project. We are filling up two-liter bottles with loose change and donating them to charity. It is a really fun way to help the enviroment and spend time with friends!

    February 27, 2008 at 2:16 am | Reply
  12. Autrey Mill Middle School 7th Grade Students

    At Autrey Mill, we have engaged in many charitable activities this year. We collected books for a foster children's care organization and we washed and advertised homeless pets. We had our annual canned food drive. We also had a Walk-a-Thon to buy sweaters for other needy children and our student council made sandwiches for the homeless. We hope to make our community a better place by participating in more activities this year.

    February 27, 2008 at 11:11 am | Reply
  13. Jay

    At North Hagerstown High School we set up care packages for the troops in Iraq by putting in supplies and support letters too.
    Also CNN Student News helps us in my world history class with Mr. Hayes to show us whats happening in the world and helps us get in to the class subjects too.


    February 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  14. Brianna

    I am heavily involved with my local Humane Society where they have a pet therapy program. I help bring animals, like kittens, rabbits and ferrets to disabled children at a local school. It is so rewarding to see the happiness I can create by simply devoting a little of my time to helping others.

    February 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  15. Sara

    I read to a Kindergarden class once a week for Rolling Readers!! I love the great smiles on the childrens faces as they enjoy the book. I hope they all will grow to love books as I have. 🙂
    GO BOOKS!!!

    February 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  16. First Flight middle school "8th grade"

    The 8th grade is collecting large amounts of pop tops (tops of cans). to raise money for a chain hospital called Shriners. The pop tops are recycled for medical equipment for children dying from 3rd degree burns.

    Thanks for caring about what we're doing to help others.

    February 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  17. Mary Kathryn

    I help out with kids at my church. I also go to retirement homes and sing to them with my friends. We also will make stuff for them and sometimes bring fruit for them. During christmas time, we decorate christmas trees and decorate their lobby. Me and my friends have lots of fun.

    February 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  18. Olivia

    Hey Carl- I go to Oak Point Intermediate School, and we are fundraising the lucemia and lymphomia society. Which we like to call Pennies for Patients. Two years ago Oak Point raised over $16,000 and became #1 in MN and 5th in the country, for raising the most money. Last year we raised over $24,000 and became #1 in MN and 4th in the state. This year we hope to become #1 in MN and 3rd in the country. This year we have come up with a bunch of ideas to raise money. We are sponsoring this girl named McKenna who LOVES PINK! So on Valentines day we had PINK DAY, and every body came to school wearing pink. On President Lincoln's Birthday we had a Pound of Penny Day were you bring in a pound of pennies and you get a raffle ticket to win a pizza party. One Friday we had superman ice cream day were you could buy some ice cream for one dollar. We had lime green day were you could win more prizes. And we even had a Paper Penny Raffle Day were you could buy a paper penny raffle for $1.00 and win a prize. Sincerly yours, Olivia

    February 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  19. Hailey

    At Oak Point we raised over 23,000 dollar for pennies for patients. My class raised 821.49 thats a lot of money like Superman ice-cream, paper pennies and the school shop for one day gave PFP all the money they made. People are shaveing they're hair off if we meet they're goal for PFP. All ready Mr.McCartan shaved his hair off. People are selling hot coco, shoveing snow off drive-ways and sidewalks to raise money for PFP to kids that have blood cancer. I know this will help people to find a cure to cure kids all around U.S.A. Plus its fun.

    February 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  20. Ishvinder

    Hey Carl,
    I am a sixth grader from Oak Point Intermediate School from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. My school is doing a fund raiser that raises money for kids that have lymphoma or leukemia. It’s called Pennies for Patients. Last year, Oak Point was in first place for raising the most money in the state and was first out of all the elementary schools in the nation. We came fourth out of all of the schools in the US. We rose over $24,000. Some ways you can donate is instead of getting presents, give birthday money or donate spare change. For one day, we sold Superman ice cream and got some money from that, and on Abe Lincoln’s birthday we brought in pounds of pennies. This year, my class has gotten about $800.

    February 27, 2008 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  21. Brock

    Hey Carl- I'm a 6th grade student at Oak Point Intermediant School, in Eden Prairie, MN where we do a funderaiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma called Pennies for Patients. Our school does it every year. Last year our school raised over $23,000 dallars. We were ranked 1st in the state and 4th in the nation! My class raised $821.49. We are sponsoring a girl named McKenna. She loves pink. So on Valentine's Day all the kids in the school wore pink and painted their finger nails pink, including the boys. We did a lot of different things to raise money. Kids shoveled driveways and sidewalks. They sold hot chocolate and they did what ever they could to do to get money. We also did a Superman Ice Cream Day, Pound of Pennies and paper pennies to raise money. Also, every Friday we had a lime green day. Whoever wears the most lime green gets a prize. We had lots of prizes, like pizza partys. If we meet are goal, a couple of teachers will even shave their heads. I would really like to thank Mr. Wavinack for doing so much in organizing this fundraiser. It really fells good inside knowing you can help kids that are in need.

    February 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  22. Hailey

    At Oak Point we raised over 23,000 dollar for pennies for patients. My class raised 821.49 thats a lot of money. We did all sorts of thing to raise money like Superman ice-cream, paper pennies and the school shop for one day gave PFP all the money they made. People are shaveing they're hair off if we meet they're goal for PFP. All ready Mr.McCartan shaved his hair off. People are selling hot coco, shoveing snow off drive-ways and sidewalks to raise money for PFP to kids that have blood cancer. I know this will help people to find a cure to cure kids all around U.S.A. Plus its fun.


    February 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  23. Maggie

    I am a student at Oak Point Intermediate School and we saved money for Pennies for Patients, which helps children who have leukemia or lymphoma. We did this for over a month. Our teacher Mr.Wavinak thought of many fun ways to raise money and get people involved in our school project. We had lime green days every Friday. On Valentines Day girls and boys painted their fingernails pink, in memory of McKenna a girl who had leukemia. Her favorite color was pink. One day our school store donated all of their profits to Pennies For Patients. We did many other fun activities and we learned alot about helping other people through this experience.

    February 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  24. Joey A

    wats up Carl

    This is a great program, I have helped in my school with fundraiser around christmas time for children in need, my school has a lot of fundraiser every year to help out less than others. my school (Blythewood High School) is exellent at raising money

    February 28, 2008 at 12:06 am | Reply
  25. Madi

    I think that SPLAT is great and he is not justing doing it for money hes doing it for fun. He not just helping people with disgraphia he's helpign other people relize that we all need to help!!

    February 28, 2008 at 9:56 am | Reply
  26. Amanda

    My school puts money in a rice bowl and then people spend the money to buy rice for poor people. :):):):):):)

    February 28, 2008 at 11:36 am | Reply
  27. Bobby

    I'm from Clinton High in Clinton, Iowa. Each year we have a change drive that not only collects hundreds of dollars but is competative as well. Each grade level has their own jar and puts money in. the only catch is...

    coins are worth their value in points and bills are worth their value in negative points! It really is a fun way to do it.

    February 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  28. Dom

    Carl You are awsome and that program is cool

    February 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  29. Mrs.Butkus

    We are raising money by doing chores around the house, and all this money will be going to people in Africa who need it to survive. This fundraiser is called "Change for Change".

    February 28, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  30. Lakeside mid/ke-ke

    This is a great thing. For an adult to make a difference is an everyday thing.
    But for a child it says that we have minds,we speak for ourselves, we are independant.
    Children can make a change we all need to. we are people and human beings.

    February 29, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  31. jkson

    I think that it is a great program for the kids to do and I also think that its fun for the kids

    March 1, 2008 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  32. Emily

    We help others by collecting goods for the troops in Iraq.

    March 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  33. chacha

    I think it is a great idea to help kids.

    March 4, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  34. Truth

    This accomplishes nothing. Once they understand the little bit of information that’s given here, and then handed the laptop, what is it going to do with the piece of technology? Using it is an obvious answer, but there’s no possible way the child can use this computer in a productive manner. It’s a waist of money, time, and lives. The money used in this process could be used to something far more great for far greater people. To think spending this time and money on these subhuman’s lives is going to give progress to this world is a thought from a blind man, someone who can not see this world for what it truly is. Let the weak burn and be smothered in their ashes so that the strong may become stronger, eventually giving birth to the strong than merely weak inferiors. If all humans thought with a beneficial mind, then we all would already be at our highest point. Those who waist power are those who waist the future. This “SPLAT” is one of many worker ants, going against the queen so that they become nothing, rather than something. Give power to those who can use it properly, not to failures and the fading

    Benefit the world, not the few.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  35. chacha

    I think itg is a great idea to help kids improve there computer skills

    March 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  36. Aristotelis

    I think that the splat organization is a great idea. Michael is doing a really nice thing, because instead of making people feel sorry for him and his writing difficulties, he is using it to make a difference. I think splat is a great organization.

    March 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  37. Mr. C.'s Class

    We've been very active this year supporting our local food bank with food and clothing, sending holiday care packages to our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, and raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. We believe giving back and supporting our community is an important part of our education.. Three cheers for SPLAT!

    March 6, 2008 at 8:07 am | Reply

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