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ARHS grads, students asked what tops their bucket list

Members of the graduating class at ARHS left numerous messages about what they want to do before they die. It's part of a project taking place in many countries around the world.

Emma Smith and Paige Willett write messages on the Before I Die board at ARHS. Members of the Class of 2014 were asked to put what they wanted to do before they died on a board at the prom earlier this week. Teacher advisor Sara Stull White said the project has been done in 68 countries around the world.

AMHERST – What do you want to do before you die?

It’s a concept that members of the Amherst Regional High School Green Team and members of the school’s Class of 2014 thought about in the final week of school.

On prom night Tuesday, members of the graduating class were asked to think about what they want to do before they die. Some of the messages are inspirational, some are witty and some border on goofy.

“The original artist who came up with this had a friend who had just died and she was having a hard time with it. She decided that we all have to make the best use of the time we have,” teacher Sara Stull White said. “I lost both of my parents young and I also came to realization that you shouldn’t worry about the small stuff and you should do your best to live life to the fullest. It’s almost like what would be the Number 1 item on your bucket list?”

At this time of year, she said, students are thinking about their marks, graduating and what university they’re going to. Sometimes, she added, they lose sight of the big picture and experiencing life to its fullest.

Stull White had been considering the project for the last six months and introduced it to her Green Team that’s been working at cleaning up streets around town. She said committee members jumped at the idea and helped promote it while a friend made the panels the students used to spread their message about what they want to do before they die.

“Some of the messages are quite nice and some of them are quite silly, but when you know the students it shows their personalities,” she said. “Some had fun with it and some really put a lot of thought into it.”

On prom night a lot of students kept approaching the board to put messages on it and came back several times that evening to see what everyone else had written, or to add more messages.

Green Team member and grad Paige Willett couldn’t help but chuckle at some of the responses.

“They’re all over the map. Some of really deep, but some others are really funny,” Willett said. “I think this wall has accomplished what we hoped it would.”

The project has inspired many people around the world and exists in 69 countries. Stull White said the Green Team has embraced the attitude of ‘be here now’ and to make every second of life magical by dreaming creatively.

Stull White said she plans to send photographs of the Amherst wall to the international website and she also plans to use the wall at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

She’s also thought of taking it to other schools and getting them to use it, or even taking it to community events.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Amherst Regional High School Green Team

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