Imagine you are forced to leave your home, never to return again. You are given 10 minutes to pack whatever you can carry on your back. The students in Mrs. Kristin Spahr’s reading classes did just that. To connect with our class novel, Refugee, a story about 3 kids who are forced to leave their homes in search of safety, students gave themselves exactly 10 minutes to pack whatever they could. From this experience we learned about the tough choices that the characters had to face and gained a sense of greater sense of understanding and empathy.