Senior Projects were once a graduation requirement at Manteca Unified.
They were part of the tough budget cuts made by school board in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession.
Several students at Manteca High have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to take on Senior Projects this year for “the benefit of the school and community,” according to College Prep Club advisor Nina Norton.
The latest was Craig Miramontes.
At last week’s Read Across America – otherwise known as Day of the Reader in honor of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss – he led the efforts to donate 13 boxes of books to Sequoia Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School as support for the event.
“The books for kindergarten- through- eighth- grade students were delivered to both schools with the intention that the books are given directly to those students or shared through by the teachers for their classrooms,” Norton said.
In addition, the MHS staff donated nine dozen Dr. Seuss bookmarks to add to the celebration.
Back in October, Richard Elk did his senior project, organizing the on-campus College and Career Fair during both lunch sessions.
He stepped in for MHS counselor Rachel Strimska. She’s the brainchild behind the College and Career Fair but was out on maternity leave during that time.
About that time, Andrew Brunn took on the mock presidential election as his senior project.
MHS students, surprisingly, had Donald Trump winning the election over Hillary Clinton, who was highly favored back then.
Several students wrote to first graders at two MUSD elementary school sites for the “Letters from Santa” program in December.
Meanwhile, Logan Cope is planning to do his senior project on organizing a community service fair while a few others are setting aside a time to teach computer skills to residents at the Brookdale Manteca senior living facility.
“I encourage kids to do a senior project,” Norton said. “It teaches them leadership skills.
“Students can stick to the planning while get others involved.”
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