Each year, many high schools require their seniors to complete a senior project as part of their graduation requirements. Usually, the requirement is that the student work on something of importance which is meaningful to them as a graduating senior. Typically, students are assigned a set amount of time to work on their projects. Documentation of the time they spend working on the project is kept by the student and turned in with the final presentation for credit.
Producing a product which will benefit either a needy group of people or the community is a great way for students to work on a project with a long-term effect. Comfort kits are a terrific way to assist the community and children in need during emergency situations, and they can be donated to the local police department and emergency responders. They are kept in the emergency vehicles to be give to children when they are in an emergency situation. Contents of comfort kits usually include a small stuffed animal, coloring books, crayons, a juice box and a snack pack.
Organize a Charity Event
Having a penny drive for a local children's hospital or emergency relief organization, like the Red Cross, is a great way to raise money for charity. Get permission from local community members to place jars in their businesses. Other ways to raise money for charity include a school dance where proceeds are donated to a specific charity, or organizing a fun run or walk. Such large-scale projects involve many skills which students will need for success in the future, particularly organization skills.
Senior Mentoring Program
Start a mentoring program as a way of giving back to the community. A fantastic opportunity for a senior project is to collaborate with a local senior center to partner senior citizens with students from either the high school or middle school in mentoring roles. Not only is this an outstanding opportunity to provide students with mentors with the gift of age and experience, but the partnership with the students will be a benefit to many of the senior citizens who might otherwise be alone.
Shadow a Professional
Shadow local professionals. Shadowing provides students with the opportunity to explore possible career options. For those interested in the medical field, contact the local hospital or medical school to shadow nurses, doctors, forensic pathologists and to visit the morgue. Most high school guidance counselors maintain resources lists of local professionals who are willing to allow students to visit with them and to shadow them. Community outreach and education offices at the local hospital is the best place to start when seeking a shadowing experience.
For students who are interested in starting a business, check with local business professionals who own dry cleaners, florists and real estate offices about shadowing opportunities. The shadowing experience is the perfect opportunity for upperclassmen to share with their underclassmen counterparts their experiences with these professionals and to give other students ideas for their futures beyond graduation.
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