Leaving a legacy: Mt. Vernon students pitch services projects developed in new high school class

Read the full story in the Greenfield Reporter.

As he headed back to his seat, Justin Thorpe placed a hand to his chest and let out a deep sigh of relief.

Moments prior, the Mt. Vernon High School student had pitched to a group of administrators and school board members his idea to bring representatives from a California-based nonprofit to Hancock County to speak with teachers about creative writing. Those teachers could then pass along the information to their students, hopefully inspiring kids to put pen to paper more regularly as a way to express themselves.

Before his presentations, Thorpe’s nerves were clear to any onlooker. He paced back and forth along the back of the meeting room, reading over his pitch, his notes, his paperwork, his lips moving noiselessly.

But the few moments of fear and anxiety that come with public speaking will be worth it in the end, Thorpe’s teachers say.

The teen is among the first class of Mt. Vernon students to enroll in a new immersive learning program dedicated to helping students create and implement service projects within their school and community.


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