This Spring, all students in the English 12 class are making a difference in our Lincoln community. These senior students have been given the task to take an issue that they are passionate about and take concrete steps to better their community day by day from March to April. There are about seven groups of students working together to complete these projects. Their topics range from mentorship, tutoring, connecting local churches and schools, bullying, and the elderly.
Seniors are urged to focus on topics that they genuinely want to see be improved in our communities. Julia Pomerenke is working on a project to connect St. John’s Church in Seward to become another associate church that works with Lincoln Lutheran. Pomerenke lives in Seward and travels into Lincoln every day, “I see the need personally in my life and the lives of others in Seward”. Julia is a member of St. John’s church and personally does not receive any benefits of going to an associate church gives to students who belong to associate churches. These benefits include extra community support in athletics and academics and a reduced price for tuition. Pomerenke believes that “a lot of families will really benefit from this”.
Similarly, Caleb Ziems wants to reach children in his community who are in need of academic help. As one of the top students in the Senior class, Caleb, and his group members feel that they can lend their abilities to community centers such as Lighthouse and the F. Street Community Center. Caleb thinks that there is an urgent need in the Lincoln community because “getting a good academic basis early on in life can have positive effects for a person later in life”. He would also like to start a tutoring program at Lincoln Lutheran because he knows that academic activities like that are nearly nonexistent even though Lincoln Lutheran puts so much weight on grades and academics.
Caleb and Julia are two of nearly 40 students working on projects that reach out into the farthest corners of our communities and beyond. This year they are all hoping to make a positive and lasting impact even after the due date in their English 12 class.