WLC introduces social innovation projects to social studies classes

By Ashley D

Do you want to give back to your community but just don’t know how? Social Innovation
Projects were recently introduced to students at Central. There are four projects to choose from and each helps out the community in a different way.  Social Studies teachers are offering initiatives for students who choose to participate in these projects such as replacing a test grade or making up for missing assignments.

The first project is the Whaley House in Flint. This is a center that helps out children from the ages of 5-17 that have been severely abused or neglected and have no home. “I’m interested in this project the most, because I think it’d feel really good to help kids who have nothing,” said senior Devin Goodwin.

Many students are familiar with the Fleece and Thank You project. Fleece and Thank You makes blankets for children in hospitals and sends along a video from the blanket maker. A lot of sports teams and clubs have spent time working with Fleece and Thank You this year, but they need all the help they can get. “I want to help out Fleece and Thank You because making the blankets is a lot of fun and goes to a good cause,” said sophomore Sarah Abrams.

Social Studies teacher Jeff  Penrod and his family could also use some help right now. His son Joseph is in 8th grade and dealing with a condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Joseph is in need of a new van to make things like transportation and other things that we take for granted less of a struggle. “ I want to do this project because I know how much Mr. Penrod does for people and I want to give back,” said junior Sydney Tinson.

Another Central teacher, former Physical Education teacher Kirk Pedersen, is need of help. Pedersen was involved in a terrible hunting accident that has left him paralyzed. He needs another surgery which is extremely difficult, emotionally, physically, and financially and could use as much help as possible. Every year Central organizes a dodgeball marathon for him, but this year it didn’t work out. “I’m interested in doing this project because I’ve heard his story multiple times and i want to be able to finally do something to help,” said senior Amanda Papo.

All  four projects are worth looking into and are great ways to give back to a community that gives so much.