December 19 was very special for Greenwood High School’s PEARLS club, who took time after school to throw a Christmas party for one of the houses at Connie Maxwell. In the process, they made some lasting friendships, delicious (if not messy) gingerbread houses, and a few long-term career goals.

Greenwood High School’s PEARLS club was set up by a handful of girls at the school. The club aims to carry out service projects while learning some of the essential skills needed to be future business leaders in the community.

“We are really grateful to BiLo for donating everything we needed for the party,” said Senior Audia Johnson. “They gave us the graham crackers, icing and candy to make gingerbread houses, plus candy canes, cups, and marshmallows so that we could play a few games with the children.”

Junior Summer Yonce said, “It was good to just talk to the girls and get to know them. I loved seeing the smiles on their faces, especially when they were making the gingerbread houses. It was great to see where their imagination took them!”

Senior Shania Mayes said, “I’ll be graduating in May, and I’m already taking early childhood education classes because I’m interested in a career in care or working with children. It was really valuable to put some of the skills I’m learning in the classroom to use and to talk to the staff about my future options.”

Senior MiAngel Sheppard added, “We’ve volunteered at Connie Maxwell before, and the staff members have always been very helpful. This time was no different. We got to spend a lot of time talking to the house manager about her job and what she does every day. She was really helpful in teaching us what it would be like to work here.”

Junior Taylor Reier said, “I enjoyed meeting every single girl, and knowing that they had an amazing time. I especially loved making the gingerbread houses. It was a great opportunity to learn new things and gain a different perspective. It was an amazing experience overall!”

Submitted by Amy Weiser

Submitted by Amy Weiser