This Friday, June 12, Valhalla’s AP Government class led by Mr. Troi, will be putting on a legacy benefit to raise money to fund the legacy project the AP Gov students have been working on for a majority of the year. The legacy project was first thought of by Mr. Troi in an effort to help his students make a lasting impact on the school. “At 3:00 in the morning I woke up and wrote an open letter to my students and I put it up on my screen and it said: I think you know how to pass an AP test, and I’m gonna get you there, but I think we should change the world,” said Troi.
In consultation with campus supervisor Alicia Howe, Howe pointed out the fact that every day after school, the campus is closed at 3:30 and approximately 50 students are left outside either by choice or because they simply have no where else to go. Troi thought that these students should have a place to go and that is how the legacy project was born.
The legacy project focuses on Valhalla’s library and transforming it into a more social environment for student’s who stay at school after 3. “On college campuses, libraries are more of a hangout place…studying has changed an awful lot,” said Troi. The seniors along with Troi decided to set up a tutorial service for Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s from 3-5 in the library that have been running since February. Valhalla seniors from AP Government provide the tutoring help along with a movie series that has shown movies such as “The Princess Bride” and “Young Frankenstein.”
The computers that currently reside in the library are going to be taken out and that space will be turned into a student hangout area. “Purchasing the furniture will cost an upward of $12,000… this benefit is our main source of fundraising to purchase that furniture.” The benefit will include performances by both students and teachers along with a ticket raffle that includes prizes such as a Padres ticket gift basket and a student gift basket containing a free yearbook for next year and season passes for the choir concerts. “This project has made me a lot more aware of how much work goes into charity events…I’m excited to leave my mark on this school in a positive way,” said AP gov senior Ione Hughes who is helping coordinate the event.
The benefit starts at 7:00 and tickets are $10 with additional donations greatly appreciated with all proceeds going towards purchasing furniture for the library. A bake sale will be provided by Valhalla’s culinary students and AP gov students will be volunteering at the event. One of the student performers, junior Danielle Van Orden said, “I support The Legacy Project because I think it’s really important for students to have a safe place to go after school and I am so excited to see Valhalla taking the time to provide a place for kids to go.”