Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight
Posted on 11/06/2017

Seniors in the Excelsior Springs School District are required to put in community service hours in order to graduate. Some seniors will give their time at a food pantry, at the animal control center, or maybe helping with a stream cleanup for the parks department. There are a number of options for students to choose from when it comes to getting in their hours.

Senior Toni Coratti went a little different direction for her community service. Over the past summer, Coratti painted a mural in the basement of the district office. It took her over 30 hours to complete, allowing her to meet the requirement she would need to graduate.

“I drew inspiration for the mural by tying in some of the local building such as the Hall of Waters and Elms into the piece,” stated Coratti, when asked about her work. While this was her first mural, she’s interested in doing more, if the opportunity presented itself.

“I like to explore all types of art and learned about the mural project through my art class,” said Coratti. When asked if she plans to study art in higher learning, Coratti said she was thinking about going to art school, possibly the Kansas City Art Institute.

“Having the students use their own talents to give back to the community is what we are after in requiring community service hours from our students,” explained Deputy Superintendent Jaret Tomlinson. “By providing a student an opportunity to give back, they’re not only doing community service, but are gaining real-world experience at the same time.”

If you are interested in being matched with an organization that offers community service, please contact Courtney Cole at the district office at 816-630-9200 x1110, and we would be happy to assist you.