Written by Morgan Butler (editor-in-chief)
Seniors are working diligently towards completing their graduation requirements producing work that has positive impacts on the Goochland community as well as surrounding communities in need.
Seniors Chloe Lyda and Ruth Wyche completed their senior projects a few weeks ago after working hard over the summer. They packed upwards of 50 backpacks for children in need in the Appalachian region.
(Photography courtesy of Chloe Lyda)
After finishing, Chloe explains how they came to the end product. She began speaking with Mr. Getter and thought about going to the elementary schools and giving a middle school preparedness class. Her and Ruth Wyche began talking about what they wanted to do, and they ended up working together. Over the summer, they learned about Southern Baptist Conservatives, an organization that helps children in the Appalachian region in need of school supplies and clothes.
Deciding upon this organization, Chloe described how she was able to receive community support,
“Of course I had to post on Goochland Moms, a Facebook group, explaining what we were doing and we were met with a lot of support.”
They collected backpacks, toothpaste, hygiene products, canned foods, clothing items, and candy. Chloe explains how:
“We are adamant about everything being new because those kids never get to unwrap something new. I think it is something we take for granted- unwrapping something that isn’t a hand-me-down or doesn’t have holes.”
Collecting these items took coordination and sacrifice. Being able to talk with businesses and other organizations interested in donating supplies allowed the team to develop skills necessary beyond high school. These skills did not stop here, though. Opportunities for senior projects are endless and can mold to your skill set or skill needs.
Senior Projects are a year-long assignment for all seniors needed to graduate. Each senior must complete 30 hours of an internship, creative project, or volunteering. In essence, this project is an opportunity for each senior to give back to the community that they have grown up in. Chloe reminds everyone that
“They should just have fun with it.”
Even if you are not a senior, looking at models and examples will help stimulate your thought process for your project. You do not have to settle on any one idea. Chloe explains how she never initially thought her project would be a project related to donations but it morphed into that and now she is still getting to help children. Her and Ruth were able to prove that there is not a mountain too high.