Making a project personal

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 04:46 AM

In Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Courier, reporter Erin Kidd told the story of a senior at Chase High School and his senior project.

Aaron Greene, one of numerous seniors in Rutherford County who have worked tirelessly on their senior projects leading to their January presentations, elected to take a different direction with his work.

He decided to make it more personal.

When Aaron was just a toddler, according to the story, he was identified as having delayed speech spent a lot of his youth working to improve his speaking and language abilities.

Over the course of his younger years, Aaron was also diagnosed as being learning disabled.

But, once he reached the halls of Chase High School, he tested out of that category and, it was then that he decided to do something different for his future senior project.

And, what he did was something extraordinary.

He decided to get a full grasp of autism and learning disabilities and, to take it a step further, he also elected to raise money for the Exceptional Children’s program.

“The main reason that I wanted to do this is because I was in the Exceptional Children’s department when I was young and I wanted to give back,” Aaron said.

So, he held a spaghetti supper at a local church, sold tickets and raised $1,400 for the school district program that is prevalent at two county classrooms.

Now, the classrooms — at two county schools — will have that money to use for enhancement of the program and can use it for educational purposes towards helping students that have been tested as being learning disabled.

Ultimately, to us, Greene did something that personifies the true meaning of the senior projects seniors undertake each and every year.

They are meant to take a topic, learn more extensively about that topic and, try to do something that benefits not just themselves but others around them.

“I learned that autism is a bigger topic than I first thought. It is one of the most important things in the world and it is the least funded,” Aaron said. “It affects 1 out of 10 children.”

The Exceptional Children’s program will now benefit from Aaron’s work and the rest of the community should take note of what Greene has done.

This is the true meaning of giving back to the community and working towards its betterment.

We applaud Greene for his efforts and wish him, and the other seniors, the best of luck in their presentations, which are upcoming in January.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.