My 8th grade students recently had an interesting discussion in which they expressed a desire to improve the school; the specific improvements that they mentioned are expensive (i.e. they'd like an area better suited to having recess, as right now recess takes place in a parking lot and I know that they feel it has the potential to be dangerous). I know that in the past they've done assignments in which they've created proposals to improve things, but the problem is that nothing has ever come of any of it...and that's left them feeling frustrated. I'd like to use this as the basis for a writing project, but I also don't want it to end up being a dead-end, largely fruitless project like it has been in the past. Any thoughts on how to accomplish this?