Published in the print edition of the SW Weekly Oregonian, May 14, 2011

Sixty-four members of the 2011 senior class at Westside Christian High School are kicking off a school-wide initiative called Senior Leadership projects, with an Exhibition Night from 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, May 19 in Westside’s gym, located at 4565 Carman Drive in Lake Oswego.

The event, open to the general public, will showcase projects that the seniors designed to reach out to serve those in need.

This is the inaugural year for the senior project, which will eventually span the entire four years of a student’s tenure at Westside. This year’s seniors experienced a condensed version of the program.

            The seniors were given a charge – to put into practice a quote by American theologian Frederich Buechner “The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

            Students identified a significant experience that affected their life or chose a social issue they cared about, and then envisioned a project that would address that area or issue. They worked with school staff and community leaders all year to develop a project that included an action plan, many of them benefiting the Portland area.     

            Examples of projects include developing music programs for autistic children; coordinating a drive to collect stuffed animals for young cancer patients at area hospitals; knitting hats for homeless Portlanders; and lifting weights to build clean water wells.

For more information, contact Westside teacher Josh Reid at

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