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Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014 6:45 am

Kindergartners at Magical Journey Learning Center (MJLC) completed their graduation projects, My Journey in Life Counts, which work toward community service.

There were 13 kindergartners who completed the graduation project.

Michelle Willis, co-owner of Magical Journey Learning Center, said the school focused highly on community service, and each week students were given classes on community service and becoming leaders.

“This is a great way for them to take that out to the community on their own and their family support to see what they can do,” Willis said. “It is very personal to them, and you can tell it’s about something that they really care about, which I think is a really great component of the project.”

The children were able to pick a service project that was important to them, and were able to get their families involved, too.

Willis spoke with parents prior to the start of the project and told parents to help their child pick a project that they would remember for years to come.

Kindergartner Jude Sosa passed out water bottles and small treats to the homeless for his graduation project.

Sosa chose to help the homeless because he has always shown concern toward their well-being.

Kara Graizano started a scholarship fund for incoming families of MJLC, which was named after her grandmother, and raised more than $3,000.

Brady Richardson raised over $600 for children in Mexico, so that 12 of them could attend a summer camp.

“Whenever I go to Mexico I see that there are people who are homeless, so I wanted to help some of them,” Richardson said.

Willis said staff members at the school have been blown away on how students were dedicated to help others in need.

“Our hope is for them to take what they have learned about how they can make a difference, and take it to their new school to set a good example,” she said. “They realize that it makes them happy to do other things for people, which I think is a big piece of it.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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