Since that incident, the school hasn’t experienced any more shenanigans because Aaron has come up with a more meaningful way for students to leave their mark in the school’s history — instead of pranks, students create projects.
“One of our janitors, George Carnes, said that his school used to do that. I told some of the seniors about it, and they liked the idea and they kind of ran with it,” Aaron said.
The seniors of 2012 used the money they had left over from their 12th-grade fund to build an eating area outside of the lunchroom. They had a slab of concrete poured, lining one of the outer walls of the lunchroom, and had picnic tables placed on top of it for students or teachers to enjoy while eating or having class.
“They saved enough money to pour the concrete for the pad at the lunchroom and then a parking pad for the teachers. They had a place that was wet and muddy all the time, and they paid to have their parking place concreted,” Aaron said. “Then, last year’s bunch paid to have the senior hall remodeled. They had it painted, a new ceiling and ceiling tiles put in; I think they had enough left to remodel the bathroom. We just ran out of time before school started.”
He said the students seem to be enthused about the project ideas. This year’s group of seniors has been given a list of five to six projects to choose from. Students raise money by having fundraisers and various sales throughout the school year.
Senior class president Jaxon Aaron is a leader among his peers. He has thought of several ways to enhance programs inside and outside of the school.
“I think it’s a good thing. I’ve never heard of [anything] around here where the senior pranks were that bad, but definitely productive projects is far better than meaningless pranks,” Jaxon said. “As a senior, and when you’re graduating, you definitely don’t want to be remembered for immaturity, but rather for being responsible with what you’ve earned all year and putting that toward projects to make the school better that you can come back and look at the school and say, ‘Hey, I had a hand in that.’”
Curry’s principal has not only spent three years in administration as principal and three-and-a-half years as an assistant principal at CHS, but Aaron has spent 18 years total at Curry and is even an alum of the school.
When asked if he ever participated in a senior prank, Aaron laughed and said, “No, we were too lazy to do anything like that.”
He encourages the students to be leaders, set good examples and leave their print on the school in a memorable and thoughtful way. Aaron said, “I’ve tried to tell them that it leaves a legacy for them that’ll be here for years that other people will see and know that they left something good behind instead of a stupid prank.”