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When students become seniors in the program, they are expected to complete a culminating project as part of their final academic seminar. The hope is that students will take everything they have learned over the past four years, combine their knowledge of servant leadership with their passions, and address a significant need in the community. To date, fourteen classes have graduated from the program, each leaving behind a special mark on Columbus and the CSU campus.

Class of 2016 - Truth Spring Academy

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The 2016 seniors chose to work with Truth Spring Academy to help the children in the Highland area. They established a reading library and a mentoring program with these students at the academy along with taking these students on numerous field trips and providing for the needs of this program. The senior Servant Leaders raised the funds to support Truth Spring Academy throughout the scholastic year. This class founded the Uptown Tree Trail in order to do so. The Uptown Tree Trail is a live display of brightly decorated Christmas trees throughout the heart of Uptown Columbus.

Class of 2015 - SL Conference for High School Students

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The class of 2015 hosted a regional conference as their Senior Project. The intention was to spread the four-year program to teens from the surrounding areas within a day. They orchestrated the day so that each teen would attend each session once. Each session was aimed around on of the courses that the Servant Leadership Program provides during the 4-year program. Students heard a keynote address by Jason Mackenzie, owner of Ride on Bikes and participated in a non-profit fair. This showed them all the types of organizations that they are able to get involved in as high school students. They had a wonderful attendance and the feedback was satisfying. 

Class of 2014 - Literacy Alliance

Class of 2013 - Legacy

Since this year was the 10-year reunion for the Servant Leadership program, the class of 2013 seniors decided to make their Legacy by revisiting the past ten projects. They evaluated each past project to make sure that the Servant Leadership Legacy lived on through the project.

Class of 2012 - Patches

The class of 2012 seniors created a project to address the needs of the poverty stricken and homeless in the Columbus community. They focused on the Highland community by providing resources and opportunities that they would otherwise not have. Second Chance Resource Center was the resource within this community that they used as a central location to host events, provide outside resources, and  to promote togetherness within the community. They decided to brand this project P.A.T.C.H.E.S., which stands for Positive and Trusting Communities Help Everyone Succeed. The goal was to ultimately patch up the area to make it a thriving community. They had events known as "Big Events Saturdays" within the community and ultimately helped this community thrive. 

Class of 2011 - Playground

The senior classes of 2010 and 2011 collaborated on their senior projects in an effort to build a destination playground for the Columbus community. This playground was designed to engage students of all abilities but specifically to offer elements of play for children with disabilities. Beyond engaging students of all abilities and disabilities, this playground is designed to get children actively involved and exercising. The electronic play elements provide a unique type of play where children are playing games that require them to run or wheel from place to place to win the game. This playground sought to change the way children play and to transform pieces of their educational experience.

Class of 2010 - Playground

The senior classes of 2010 and 2011 collaborated on their senior projects in an effort to build a destination playground for the Columbus community. This playground was designed to engage students of all abilities but specifically to offer elements of play for children with disabilities. Beyond engaging students of all abilities and disabilities, this playground is designed to get children actively involved and exercising. The electronic play elements provide a unique type of play where children are playing games that require them to run or wheel from place to place to win the game. This playground sought to change the way children play and to transform pieces of their educational experience.

Class of 2009 - Azalea Trace Nursing Home

The seniors chose to work with Azalea Trace Nursing home to enhance the living conditions of the residents and to learn as much from the residents as possible. First, the students painted ceiling tiles for those residents who are bedridden. Additionally, the students landscaped the back living area to have beautiful flowers, scents and greenery. Finally, the students took the oral histories of the residents and published them in a book.

Class of 2008 - Wesley Heights Elementary School

The seniors worked with Wesley Heights Elementary School to improve the educational experience of these students as their project this year. They completed three separate projects to achieve success at Wesley Heights including: creation of a giant mural based on their character education curriculum to cover walls of their new gymnasium; construction of an outdoor classroom that will enable teachers to conduct class outside in one of the school's courtyards; and enhancement of the media center (library) to improve students' desire to read, with the donation of books, school supplies and a $1,000 check.

Class of 2007 - Homeless Resource Network Makeover

The senior class of 2007 chose to address the issues of hunger and homelessness for their senior project. A hunger banquet and a makeover for a local homeless service agency were their two signature events in 2007.

Class of 2006 - Girls Inc. Greenhouse

Once again, a senior class was touched by the smiles and hugs of the girls at the Baker Girls Inc. center. This time, students decided that they wanted to add to the educational programming at Girls Inc. With the help of SL staff, seniors wrote and received three grants to purchase a greenhouse kit, all necessary planting supplies, tables, and educational materials. Seniors developed lesson plans, built the greenhouse, and taught classes to the girls on the plant life cycle, butterflies, worm composting, and much more!

Class of 2005 - CSU Habitat House

Perhaps the most ambitious and demanding project to date has been the building of the CSU Habitat House. Seniors led the program and campus in raising $25,000 to fund the house, and coordinated volunteers for nine Saturdays during the Spring of 2005 to build the house. To raise the money, students sold quilt squares for $250 each, painted and embroidered the squares, and sewed them together to make the CSU Habitat Quilt, which is currently displayed in the Lumpkin Center.

Class of 2004 - Tree Planting at Baker Middle School

Through a partnership with Trees Columbus, the 2004 graduating class organized a beautification project for the Baker Middle School campus. Led by students who completed most of their service work at the Baker Girls Inc. center, this project was conceived to give something back to the girls who have come to mean so much to the Servant Leadership Program and its volunteers.

Class of 2003 - SL Conference for High School Seniors

During the fall of 2002, the 2003 graduating class of servant leaders planned and facilitated a 2-day work shop, inviting current high school seniors from the Columbus and surrounding area to participate in hands-on leadership activities and community service through House of Heroes.

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