After the holiday weekend, are you full of good food, good fellowship and goodwill toward mankind?
I hope so. I have an opportunity for you to apply that goodwill to helping some outstanding young people. It really won't take much time or effort.
January will bring the beginning of a new year, but the end of a semester for local high school students. And for seniors, with the end of the semester will come graduation project presentations.
At Mount Pleasant High School, teacher Kelly Scott needs volunteers. She is responsible for finding judges from the community to evaluate the presentations. It takes just a few hours. In exchange you will get training, refreshments and the chance to meet impressive students who are doing amazing things.
Let me tell you about one.
Hillary Fearrington, daughter of Susan and Scott Fearrington, is finishing a project not only for graduation but also for her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The project must take at least 50 hours and contribute something to improve the community. She came up with a plan to complete both her projects in one undertaking.
Last spring, her church, Cold Springs United Methodist, dedicated a new fellowship hall. Hillary considered the old fellowship building and the church's needs, and decided to renovate it, transforming it into offices and a youth meeting place.
Over the summer Hillary learned to build walls. Under her father's guidance, and with help from her grandfathers, she created three offices, a conference room, a work room and a big youth meeting room. Then she was ready to focus on the aspect of the work that would be her graduation project.
She told me the entire renovation would have been too big a topic for her graduation project. So she focused on the interior design. With the help of interior decorator Susan Caton, Hillary learned about making a space functional, choosing paint and furniture and even re-purposing existing furniture.
Last week, Hillary hosted an open house for the new space. She said everyone, including the staff who will use the offices, was pleased with the finished product.
Hillary said she's learned so much from her project that she's planning to study construction management in college and pursue that career.
Hillary is just one of the students who will make presentations to judges Jan. 7. Local students have learned lots of things they want to share with us. If you want to hear what they have to say, e-mail Kelly Scott at Kellene. Scott @cabarrus.k12.nc.us or call her at 704-436-9321, ext. 1210. You'll be impressed, and you'll be glad you helped.