“An old man walked along a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. ‘Why do you bother?’ the old man scoffed. ‘You’re not saving enough to make a difference. ’ The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. ‘Made a difference to that one,’ he said.”

The Starfish Story lies at the core of The $100 Solution and its teaching methodology, encouraging students to implement change in their community with small steps to large challenges.