Class Project

Each LAC class is challenged to put its members' wide-ranging skills to use in a project that will provide some type of benefit to the Aiken County community. Projects are chosen through debate and consensus of class members utilizing ideas spawned during class sessions. Ideas can range from direct assistance to a local charity to lobbying state or local government for changes to legislation or budgets. Work on the project is done outside class time and serves as a type of “capstone” to the LAC experience.


Previous class projects have included:

  • 2015-16: Aiken Through Art highlights Aiken's unique culture by enriching various areas of downtown with public art. Local artists have created pieces that will represent Aiken for years to come and further an already rich arts culture. Artwork related to the project is on display at AECOM, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken County Farmers Market, Aiken Visitors Center & Gyles Park, Carriage House Inn, Center for African American History Arts & Culture, Rose Hill Estate, and Savannah River Site History Museum.
  • 2014-15:The class raised money to purchase new community room furnishings and washing machines and dryers for Helping Hands, a local group foster care facility.
  • 2013-2014: The class did a secure walking trail for the ladies and children staying at the Cumbee Center shelter. The projet included clearing of land, installing the track, and fencing in the area. The class installed the track utilizing recycled rubber for longevity purposes. The class also was able to donate lawn equipment to maintain the area.
  • 2010-2011: Conducted a food drive at 14 locations and planned a “Stuff the Bus To Stop Hunger” event at USC Aiken’s Convocation Center.  The event encouraged people to bring canned goods for donation to the Golden Harvest Food Bank.  In addition, Leadership Aiken County partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank to fight hunger in Aiken County elementary schools with the Backpack Project.  Leadership Aiken County collected 5,000 pounds of food and $43,000 for the Golden Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program, which exceeded the Class goal of $25,000.  Additional information can be located at: http://stuffthebusaiken.webs.com/
  • 2009-2010: partnered with the City of Aiken to replace the Aiken County Public Library playground with the first barrier free playground for children with Special Needs.  The playground has wheelchair accessible play areas and activities throughout the playground to help foster play with children of all abilities.  The playground has unique rubberized flooring, play stations on various levels, play stations to incorporate hearing and vision impaired, as well as typical and adaptive swings.  The playground cost was $175,000.  The Leadership Class solicited over $23,000 through the project called "All Play Every Day," and the remaining funds were approved in the one cent sales tax vote.    
  • 2008-2009: established a one-day camp for underprivileged children in Aiken County called "LIFE Jamboree," which assisted 50 middle-school-aged children to recognize their own potential
  • 2007-2008: established Savannah River Cancer Center library; completed room makeover at Helping Hands
  • 2006-2007: designed a blueprint for a middle school “Suspension Camp” program w/Aiken County Public Schools, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken Dept of Public Safety, Aiken/Barnwell Mental Health
  • 2005-2006: successfully lobbied Aiken County Council to provide stable recurring funding for Aiken HELP LINE 2-1-1
  • 2004-2005: conducted charity Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala dinner/dance tent party to benefit Child Advocacy Center of Aiken
  • 2003-2004: conducted charity polo match to benefit Free Medical Clinic of Aiken County
  • 1999-2000: developed a new state law that made permanent bodily harm resulting from child abuse a felony (previous penalty was only a misdemeanor)

Alumni Association

The LAC Board of Directors has begun an effort to re-connect previous graduates into an active alumni association. LAC is a once in a lifetime experience -a time for building careers and forging friendships.  For many graduates, the experience doesn't end on graduation day. Our goal is to contact all previous class members to update contact information, look for opportunities to re-connect, continue to develop leadership skills, and further your understanding of the issues that impact our community.

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Our plan is to post important information about alumni events, as well as information about what's happened to your classmates since you graduated.

Contact Us

For more information on LAC, contact Board President Shayne Farrell at shayne.farrell@srs.gov or 2017-2018 Class Coordinator Ben Harm, at Benjamin.Harm@srs.gov.