There are many other worthy projects in addition to the senior projects showcased in the paper lately. All Eminence students not only must learn something new and valuable for their future, they must perform a service through this learning, “in an endeavor to teach our students to be better citizens,” stated Cara Puckett, senior sponsor. They learn a great deal as they organize a community event and they also learn to give back to the community. Below are some recent events that seniors organized.
Isaih Durrett, Nathan Hall, and Nelson Hedges organized a trash pick up day on April 19. Their proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Michael Wells and Brandee Spies hosted a benefit concert then a dance on April 20. Along with organizing these events, Michael wrote a piece of original music for the high school band to play. Brandee is sending her proceeds to the American Heart Association and Michael is raising money for NF. Both have family members affected by these diseases.
Craig Meadows decided to adopt the Making Waves project and was even made their secretary. He worked with the adults in the community, attending meetings, organizing fundraisers at the school, and organizing a large community concert on April 12. Kelli Hawkins is collecting coke tabs and organizing several other fundraisers for the Ronald-McDonald House. Amanda Smith wants to be a nurse, so she is volunteering for Jewish Hospital and gave speeches to elementary classes on how to take care of your teeth. Ashley Wilson sponsored a donation drive for the Wayside Christian Mission and then volunteered there several days. Kim Adams also sponsored a sock tree donation drive for the mission. Nicole Smith hosted a middle and high school dance for juvenile diabetes. This was after Sydney Armstong’s Step Show on Saturday the 29. He likewise donated proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes. Together they raised over $900.
Trevor Davis volunteered to work with the youth basketball program and plans to have his own basketball clinic for elementary boys and girls to teach the basics and get more students involved in this activity. Rachel Neuendorf is an artist so she spent her fall and winter breaks painting and decorating the restrooms in the school. Kayla Powers and Rebecca Sargent are both interested in nursing, so they held a blood drive in March and even though we had four inches of snow on their day, they exceeded their goal. They hosted another blood drive on May 2. Kim Duso loves to read so she hosted a Teen Library Week to get more students interested in reading. She sponsored nightly events that brought high schooler students back to the library.
Taking community service beyond the community, April Hernandez traveled to Peru on a mission trip over spring break. She hosted a vacation Bible school and taught people how to sew while there. Ethan Keiser landscaped the school grounds, while Terry Taylor plans to landscape the elementary grounds. Lewis Williams will be landscaping his church grounds and Jessica Price will be holding a walkathon for Cystic Fibrosis this spring.
Some upcoming senior projects will take place soon. Ryan Paris will be hosting a Madden 08 tournament soon with all proceeds going to the Friends of Michael organization. If you would like to make a donation for prizes or towards the proceeds, please contact Ryan at 633-8416. Tyler Peterson wants to help people pay their rising electric bills. He is doing a fundraiser at school to raise money for this. If you wish to donate, please contact him. Coletin Raper is organizing a concert at Henry Christian Church to take up a love offering to pay for a youth program that teaches kids to become better leaders.