Turn Around Life/Lauren Kirby Award
Centreville resident Lauren Kirby has given a $1,000 check to a student at Mountain View High School twice a year since 1999.
Each February and June, when Mountain View holds their bi-annual graduation, Kirby surprises one lucky senior with a check. At the Graduating Senior Luncheon, she draws a name from a hat.
“It’s intended to recognize their graduation achievement and help them enroll in further education, pay a debt, or get into a car or apartment,” said Kirby. “Giving two financial gifts each year to Mountain View High School seniors just seems like a natural way to say, ‘thank you,’ for accepting and graduating my two sons. I appreciate the opportunity Mountain View offers students since I probably would have benefited from a school like Mountain View myself, if such a school existed at the time,” she said.
“This financial award can give the student a jumpstart on the next leg of their life’s journey,” said Kirby, “Mountain View was an obvious choice since the seed changes they make in the lives of young people turns their lives around and they will never be the same.”
The gift is channeled through the Mountain View High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Chairman of the Foundation, Charles Woodruff said, “It is refreshing to see how generous and caring people can be when helping others. The money donated to the Mountain View High School Foundation goes to deserving students. In most cases the donor does not know the student, but they all have the same goal in mind—to help a young person get started in life. Lauren Kirby is a perfect example of this type of