LIMA — Lima Senior High School DECA students are beginning work on a project that is aimed at breaking down divisions and showing kindness to all.
Seniors Jada Rose, Calia Moseley and Aubre Flowers are doing The Joy Project and will use it in competition later this school year.
The project is an extension of one that began as a way to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. It grew last year to include all disabilities. This year’s project focuses on spreading kindness and accepting all people, regardless of differences.
Students are selling special The Joy Project shirts and sweatshirts. The front says “Just Be…” and the back says “Kind, Inclusive, Generous, You.” Shirts are available in the online store this week at j.mp/31iU7mc or by calling 419-308-1188.
The students are working on posting positive messages around the school and collaborating with art students to do murals around the city with positive messages.
First up for the students will be volunteering at the Buddy Walk. The walk is put on annually by the Down Syndrome Association of Western Ohio. This year’s walk is 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Faurot Park. Participants can register the day of the event.
There are also plans to do an awareness event at a Spartan basketball game and to volunteer at the local Night to Shine event later this year.
Students will collect glasses for the Lions Club, volunteer and raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House and partner with the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities throughout the school year.