Northwest High School senior Sawyer Ross has created a community service project as part of her involvement in Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a Career and Technical Student organization that helps students develop leadership, communication and critical thinking skills.
The project focuses on providing comfort to cancer patients and their families during their treatment. She is hoping to work with Victory in the Valley and the Ronald McDonald House to provide wish list items and comfort activity packages for patients and families.The packages include coloring books or puzzle books and markers/colored pencils.
“I know that cancer is a big deal and I’ve personally had family affected by cancer,” said Ross. “I wanted to focus on the families that are going through it as well.”
Ross is working with students in the school’s FCCLA and DECA organizations to make the project a success. In addition to the activity packages, Ross has also partnered with the fashion and interior design program at Northwest to make port pillows for patients, which are small Velcro pillows that go over the seatbelt to prevent the port from being rubbed by the seat belt.
Ross has been active in the school’s Grizzlies For Change public service group and originally received a grant through the Youth Leaders in Kansas program to help start the project.
Next year she plans to attend Kansas State University and major in business.