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A Season For Giving

Weddington High Key Club members help students with reading in Mrs. Austin's first grade class. Pictured from left to right are Molly Cook, Ta'Kiyah Dennis, Alex Trevisan and Jessica Molina Sanchez.

Thirty-six students from Weddington High School Key Club volunteered their time and talents at East Elementary on Wednesday, December 15th 2010. They spent the day doing service work throughout the school, assisting in the classrooms, gym, media center and computer lab. Along with them, they brought eight boxes of school supplies and purchased thirty uniform shirts for our students.

The idea for a day of service came about through the combined efforts of Emily Foster, Social Worker for the Monroe cluster and Jack Kasell, Key Club faculty sponsor and teacher of British Literature at Weddington High School. One of Mrs. Foster’s professional goals is to find ways for schools to provide mutual support to one another. After talking with Kasell, she learned that the Key Club was already working with Sheriff Louie Rodriguez to honor the memory of Dominique Griffin, a UCPS student who had once attended East Elementary.

Sheriff Rodriguez was working as a school resource officer at South Providence High School in December of 2006 when sixteen year old Dominique Griffin lost her life to a massive seizure. The death affected Rodriguez deeply. When he went to visit the young lady’s grave, he was saddened to learn that she was buried in an unmarked grave. Her family couldn’t afford a grave marker. After Rodriguez posted a plea for donations on Facebook, the Weddington High School Key Club raised the remaining monies needed to purchase a tombstone for Dominique’s grave, but the students wanted to do even more to honor her memory, so they dedicated a day of their time to helping others. Key Club members Molly Cook and Alex Trevisan said, “We wanted to do more than just donate things such as food or toys. We wanted to help the children. We enjoy it.” Later in the afternoon, after working at East Elementary, the Key Club traveled to Dominique Griffin’s gravesite, held a dedication ceremony and placed the new grave marker.

Written by: Lisa Bush, Media Coordinator
Posted: Dec 17, 2010 by Ms. Lisa Bush

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