Nearly every student spends four years here at Carrboro. Students take in more than 5,000 hours of lessons. They go to sports events, make friends and work to improve their futures. Carrboro gives a lot to each and every student, and each senior class returns the favor with a gift.
Last year, the outgoing senior class bought and installed the jaguar statue that sits in front of the school. In years past, gifts have also included additional chairs for the library.
This year, the decision fell to the Senior Class Council, which consists of Elizabeth Cato, Katie Fesperman, Elizabeth Ollila and Sarah Seagroves.
“We really want the senior gift to encompass everybody in our grade, and that’s kind of the hardest part,” said Ollila.
Students decided to give two separate gifts, with Ollila pointing out how this lets them give one gift which leaves a mark and one which will benefit the Carrboro community. The former will be Jaguar in a Mendola—a traditional Indian pattern commonly featured on tapestries—painted as a mural. Repainting of the numbers on the student parking lot spaces will be the second gift.
Senior gifts have traditionally not cost more than a couple-hundred dollars, and the funds for them come out of fundrais- ers that each class’s council conducts throughout their four years at Carrboro—the same funds that pay for some of prom and other class events.
“We’re doing a little fundraising with parents, because we’re trying to do two gifts this year,” said Ollila. “But most funds come from the fundraisers that the senior class [council] has done since we were freshman.”
This year, the Senior Class Council will paint the parking spots and the Mendola. This has been a worry of the senior council.
“You can’t get nearly 200 people to paint it and you can’t get nearly that many people to have input on the design,” said Ollila.
Over the course of the last couple weeks, the senior class council has worked with CHS teacher Ms. Schrader in painting the now-complete mural.
“The overall vision of this project developed in a small window of time, but collaboration from many seniors throughout a weeks time is what made this gift special,” said Schrader.