Communications Specialist Lindale ISD
Step into the Lindale High School library and you will notice something drastically different from the typical image of a campus facility: ambiance. Due to the Legacy Project, an effort by graduates of the Class of 2012, the old high school library resembles a major chain bookstore or coffee shop lounge.
With permission from school administrators, Legacy Project participants gathered at the high school during the a student holiday on April 30 to donate their energy and time. Students painted the library, assembled new furniture to replace the old, and added area rugs.
Over the following weeks, students continued to transform the library. The students will purchase a coffee maker that will be installed this week. The coffee maker will only be available for use during specific hours of the school day in the library.
Originally, Legacy Project participants planned to construct an outdoor patio with a picnic area on the high school campus. Issues with construction
The goal of the seniors was to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, similar to that of a coffee shop, to encourage students to use the facility and the resources at hand.
LHS senior Kris Wallace handcrafted a playable guitar that will be signed by Legacy Project participants and displayed in the library.
“At the beginning of this year I was inspired to do something that would change this town or school,” Legacy Project Founder Zachariah Williams said.
“I then realized I couldn’t do this on my own so I called on the help of my senior class. I want the class of 2012 to be remembered for something good that would be left behind. We did not want to just pass through the high school going through the motions. We actually wanted to make a difference,”
“I am truly inspired by the students that have given of their time and talent to make this project a reality,” Melanie McNeil, LHS Legacy Project sponsor said. “They will be remembered for their hard work and the changes they created in the library.
Through several fundraising efforts, including a Sadie Hawkins dance, students were able to fund the library makeover.
Legacy Project participants said it is a gratifying feeling to know that they are leaving a positive mark for future LHS students to enjoy.
“We worked so hard this year raising money to make this happen,” Williams said. “When it all came together and when the project was finished I was so proud to be a part of something this amazing. It warmed my heart to know that we made a difference in our school.”