By Ashleigh Crawshaw
Projects & Community Service
This was the our first class project. It was a rocky start but it was my favorite project and I believe the most successful. We raised a great deal of money for Topeka North Out Reach and really got the whole school involved. This project put me in a leadership role right away and really tested my abilities.
North Fairview Elementary
I personal did not want to do this project but most of our group wanted to work with kids so we threw a Thanksgiving Party. The kids really enjoyed it and it went well. We had quite a few complications along the way but our group worked well together and figured it out.
Candy Cane Gram
This project went very well for being the first of its kind. No one at our school had sold anything like this for Christmas before so it took awhile for people to want to buy the candy canes. This project was very difficult and really pushed myself and my group members to think on our toes and figure out the problems we faced.
I gained most of my volunteer hours by helping with Operation Backpack. It's an amazing organization that a group of church members created for kids in the North Topeka area. They meet the first thursday of every month and pack sacks of food for kids to take home over the weekend. All the food is donated and all the workers are volunteers. I loved helping pack and sort the food with fellow youth and community members. This organization is a great example of what can happen when you work hard and pursue your dreams.