When Liberty senior Jessica Flanagan learned that seniors are required to do an senior project as part of their graduation requirements, she knew that she wanted to work with those with special needs.
The senior project requires students to take a leadership role in their community, and Flanagan decided to tie that role into her future career plans.
“I want to become a special education teacher. That’s what I want to major in,” Flanagan said.
That desire led her to decide to work with the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs and teach special needs individuals how to make arts and crafts projects.
Once she contacted the board, Flanagan realized that that agency, like many other state agencies, had been hit hard by the recession and budget cuts.
“They’re supported by the state, and they’ve had state budgets cuts,” Flanagan said. “So I decided to sell the things that they made, and have a fundraiser.”
With this new goal, the project ballooned and Flanagan enlisted the help of LHS student Breanna Golden to help.
“She’s doing it as her senior project too,” Flanagan said.
The sale will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 in the cafeteria of Liberty High School.
Flanagan and Golden hope to raise between $250 to $300 for the board.
The artists have painted items and worked with clay to create works of arts.
“It’s a variety of things, anything and everything,” Flanagan said, adding that the sale will also feature home décor items.
Local artists have also donated pictures to be sold, with the proceeds benefitting the sale.
Flanagan said she’s really enjoyed working with her artists.
“It’s been really fun,” she said. “It’s really been a great experience. There’s nothing like it.”
For more information about the sale, contact Flanagan at 864-784-5827 after 3 p.m.