GHS senior, Katie Zohab, wanted to do something special for the residents of Envoy at the Meadows, in Gum Spring, VA.
So she did.
Having spent considerable time volunteering with the residents and finishing up an internship at Goochland Elementary, she recruited some other high school students and the elementary students with whom she had been working and organized a holiday party.
But she didn’t stop there. She sent personal invitations to the school board, board of supervisors and school division leaders. The result?
Students, parents, local officials gathered to celebrate the holidays, interact – and even carol – with the residents.
When I first had the idea for the Adopt a Grandparent project, I thought it was just going to be a few friends and me going to the nursing home, and bringing select residents a few Christmas presents. However, as word got out, the project grew and I could not be happier. Seeing so many people from the Goochland community – even the 4th graders from GES-coming together to support the elderly folks was something truly amazing. I am definitely proud to call Goochland home. - Katie Zohab
We are so thankful to Krystal Demas, GES teacher, who helped Katie facilitate the event and brought her students to participate. We also extend appreciation to Mike Newman, GHS principal, Erin Yearout-Patton, GHS teacher, John D. Wright, school board chair, and Manuel Alvarez of the county board of supervisors for their support and participation at the event.
And especially, we thank Katie for her living testament to the core values that characterize our new strategic plan.