Destine McCleary Capstone
I chose my capstone project easily because I’ve always wanted to create a safe and supportive environment for 9th graders, something I felt was lacking when I was in their shoes at SLA. To achieve this, I initiated a mini course where 9th graders can connect and feel secure around upperclassmen. Through this project, I aim to foster peer learning and instill a positive mindset about their future, emphasizing the importance of each academic year. Additionally, I want 9th graders to have a mentor figure outside of school staff to turn to whenever they need guidance. By creating a positive environment both inside and outside the classroom, we can make a lasting impact. Personally, my capstone experience as a dedicated athlete participating in squash and flag football simultaneously has been a journey of growth, self-discovery, and accomplishment. Balancing both sports, employing effective time management, and overcoming challenges have instilled a sense of pride in my achievements. This experience has reinforced my belief in the power of perseverance, dedication, and excelling in multiple areas. These invaluable lessons will guide me as I face future obstacles. Overall, our project has had numerous benefits for the community. It has provided a nurturing space where students feel comfortable, fostering collaboration, communication, and unity among participants. These positive experiences have extended beyond the project, strengthening the bond among educators, students, and families. Witnessing the excitement and engagement of the students validates the importance of such projects in creating a thriving and inclusive community.