Commemorative Plaques for High School Graduates

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
May 5, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT May 5, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDTth, May 5, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT

When the group of volunteers from Harriet Hall’s church left for their annual mission trip to Nicaragua earlier this July, they packed enough for 10 days in the rural community of Plan Grande 2, north of Managua – including a set of beautiful custom engraved plaques that are given to those students who graduate from high school.

Supported by the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua (CEPAD), Harriet’s group, Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (“Webster Pres” for short) and Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery partner with Plan Grande 2 on a mission of understanding, acceptance, joy and hope. Time is spent building and renewing relationships, attending Vacation Bible School, visiting primary and secondary schools and managing their Secondary School Scholarship Program as well as going to movie night or women’s activities, reading, working puzzles, playing ball, laughing, learning and meeting with scholarship students and their parents.

“The plaques are given to high school graduates. Our plaque includes a hand-designed logo of our partnership; we provide scholarships to students so that they can remain in school,” Harriet tells us. “We take the plaques with us every summer when we visit, and make a big deal of presenting them to the students and their parents. It’s very rewarding to see them later hanging on the walls of their cement-block homes along with other treasured items.”

Harriet discovers PlaqueMaker a few years ago during a vendor search. “Back then, I decided to order based on price. Now I continue to order because it’s SO EASY and y’all do such a great job of turning plaques around quickly.” She and her team really appreciate the prompt service, great communication and quality work. “We love the plaques!”

What do the students think of their commemorative gifts?

Harriet says, “You should know that there are lots of families in a little village in Nicaragua who all have these plaques hanging on their cement block walls! They’re holding up well in the heat and humidity … plus the students are SO proud to receive them. Thanks again – ‘til next year!”