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LAFAYETTE – Graphic Design students at the Chambers County Career Technical Center recently created new logos for Valley Haven School, which provides education, training and special instruction for intellectually disabled and/or developmentally delayed preschoolers and adults.

             “We met with the students back in February and told them what we wanted,” said Valley Haven Executive Director Craig Brown. “It was awesome working with these local students, and they have done a super job.”

             Brown and Valley Haven Board President Chris Busby had been discussing for some time their desire to update official logos for the school that would help promote its mission and create greater identity among the general public regarding services provided to the community.

             “We always like to partner with local organizations on projects such as this,” said Busby. “Because of my relationship with the Chambers County School System, I reached out to Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge and pitched her the idea of us working with the Graphic Design class. She was extremely excited about the opportunity, and put me in touch class instructor Kaprice Smith.”

             The design project had barely begun when public schools across Alabama were closed in mid March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, even though the students were not always physically together, they continued their work and created several different options to choose from. A total of 25 students from Valley and LaFayette high schools contributed to the project.

             “As always, I am amazed daily by my students’ willingness to learn, and even more impressed by their competitiveness and desire,” said Smith. “In addition to creating these logos, several students have taken on the challenge and become self-published authors, freelance designers, recording artists, and even young entrepreneurs.”

“I’m grateful for people like Kelli Hodge, Chris Busby and Craig Brown for taking a chance on our students and trusting them with something so vital and important,” Smith added.

 Of all the designs submitted, four were selected for the Valley Haven Board to choose from. Once the choices were narrowed down to two, the Board decided to use both of them; one as a unique logo for the Early Intervention program for babies and the other as the main Valley Haven logo. The Early Intervention design was created by student Marcus Curry, while the main logo was a collaborative design by Ms. Smith and student Michael Little. Both Curry and Little are graduating seniors at LaFayette High School.

 “I will forever be proud of our Chambers County School District students and continue to push them outside their comfort zone,” said Smith. “I believe in their abilities, and I love sharing the journey of watching them grow, become, and learn.”

 The Graphic Design class has existed at LaFayette High School since 2014, and is coordinated through the Chambers County Career Technical Center. Students from Valley High School also participate in the program and are transported to the LaFayette campus for classes.


By David Bell

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