By Rogelio Landa and Aiyana Holman

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Photo by Aiyana Holman Students present proposals to a panel of William Penn teachers Feb. 25. 

Writing a five paragraph essay paper about problems within the community doesn’t allow you to be creative and make a difference. To physically help mold something that you care about makes a valuable impact. Senior students have the opportunity to change the future by starting chain reaction with their Senior Legacy Project.

Senior Mercedez Robinson and Sydney Phelps Senior legacy project is called “Faith in Photos.” They are taking 50 cancer patients and survivor families to a picnic at battery park. She is also going to take their picture and mail two pictures to each of the families with a handwritten letter. She wants to do this to “help them keep their faith throughout surviving cancer.”

Phase one: Students have to think about three concerns that they would want to unravel and research. Could it be discrimination against race, age, sex, or religion? Or maybe a standard of thing, for example, the poverty rate and access to healthcare which contribute to life expectancy.

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Photo Rogelio Landa A senior student gives a presentation to Mr. Erikson, Ms. Lindeke, and Ms. Pfotzer. 

“This project gives others information on problems in the community they didn’t have knowledge of before it also helps gives seniors like me experience in creating a proposal and action plan for something we would like to see change in our community,” mentioned senior Malik Hines.

Once the student construct solutions, students  move on to phase two. The proposal is when they have to take their  solution and present them in front a board of teachers; this determines whether or not if the proposal is fit to become a legacy.

Senior Selena Ayala said, “It would helps us focus on other third world problems or problems here in america like gun violence, teen pregnancy, and drugs. It gives more knowledge on how to prevent those things to tell them what not to do. The senior legacy project also expands your mind.” Senior teachers included Ms. Lindeke and Ms. Pfotzer.