I like to use the project at the beginning of the year to get to know my students and promote a strong sense of a diverse community within my classroom.
Students enjoy this project because it gives them something to discuss with their family in deep detail. Most students will go above and beyond in this project and find out things about themselves and their families that they would never have known if it weren't for this project.
Each year I have done this I almost always get a thank you note from several parents and grandparents for this assignment. Enjoy!