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Senior legacy gifts a Hampton tradition

| Monday, May 29, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Seniors have a tradition of giving back to their peers through a legacy gift – this year's being two water bottle refilling stations.

Senior student council representatives reported the 2017 Legacy Gift at a May 1 school board meeting.

The water stations were purchased for approximately $3,000 and are already in place, said Kevin Green, a teacher at Hampton and advisor to the student council. He said the legacy gift demonstrates the seniors wanting to give back to their fellow students.

When money remains from fundraising and other events over the course of the year, the seniors give back instead of spending it on themselves. The senior class and student council come up with ideas to benefit the school – probably something the district wouldn't think to purchase, said Green

“It's something they want to leave behind,” said Green. “It's their money, so to speak.

Last year's gift was a sound system for dances and other events that can be used for other needs in the high school, he said.

The water refillable stations are located in the cafeteria and in the hall.

Previous years' legacy gifts include benches and microwaves. Green said he's impressed how the seniors spend time discussing and weigh price options when mulling over what to buy, sometimes rejecting items deemed too expensive.

“It's kind of funny because they sound like their parents,” said Green, a Hampton High teacher for 26 years. “I think they've made some pretty good decisions.”

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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