As part of a Service Learning project for the Stellar Academy of Engineering at Nease High School, six students spent their Saturday morning measuring closets and designing shelves for low income seniors at the St. Johns Housing Partnership owned, Southern Villas.
Service Learning is one of the initiatives of St. Johns County schools, where students learn a new skill and then use it in service to others.
The shelving project is part of an Innovation Generation Grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, which is designed to inspire students through project design to solve real world problems.
The students developed several proposals one of which was to help make the apartments more accessible for seniors with physical limitations.
The students toured the apartments of several residents, asking them about their needs for space and shelving, measuring and talking design and functionality with residents.
“It was an amazing experience to talk with the tenants and hear their stories and dreams for their homes,” Kayla Ferland, who is a junior in the Stellar Academy of Engineering at Nease, said.
“It feels great to be a part of the community and helping those who need it the most.”
Bill Lazar, director of St. Johns Housing Partnership, said he was delighted to work with the students on this project, which was partially funded by a donation from Sunrise Rotary Club.
“Anytime we can involve young people in the process of volunteering and especially working with our elderly citizens, it’s a win-win situation,” Lazar said.
Plans in hand, the students shopped at Home Depot for the supplies and returned to Southern Villas May 12 for another day of service installing the shelving in the selected homes.
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