MOUNT VERNON — As the school year is rapidly coming to a close, many students and educators are reflecting on what they have learned this year and the people they have become through their shared experiences.
The students of Jill McClure’s Junior English classes at Mount Vernon High School have learned a tremendous lesson about the value of giving back to their local communities.
McClure instituted a project called “Be the Change” with her eleventh-grade English classes, which essentially created a final research paper for the students under the guise of community service.
“It’s just a creative way for these guys to do a research paper,” McClure said. “Without even realizing it. They think they’re just giving back to their community and doing a fun project, but they are setting goals, doing research and interacting with different groups.”