Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. Last week I held CAS night at my school where all project-based projects at my school were showcased to my community. Overall the event was a success. The raffle held generated a large amount of money, the turnout was great and allowed the community to get involved and students were finally able to showcase all their work. The process of planning the event took work. Event planning requires you to assign tasks to other people whom you have no control over. This is something I personally struggle with as I like to be able to control the outcome of certain things. This caused me to stress about certain aspects that weren't getting completed that I had no control over but were important to the event. If I could reorganize the event I would have separated CAS and anchor projects so that the event highlighted CAS projects more. In the past, CAS nights were held at a local restaurant, where the people attending could have a sit-down meal and listen to presentations for each project. This allowed the projects to gain more community involvement/recognition as well as raise more funds. Having the event focus only on CAS projects may have allowed us to reach our overarching goals better creating a more formal environment that parents seem to have enjoyed more. One of the main criticisms I received from the event was that there were not enough formal presentations. Only five projects had a sit-down presentation that was successful. Attendants wanted to listen to all the projects present the same way and this could have only happened if anchor projects weren't involved and if the event was held at a restaurant with food. However, at the end of the day, we managed to accomplish our goals of raising money, gaining community connections, and showcasing the student's hard work.

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