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LISD Graduate Provides Heartfelt Gift to Focus on the Future Program

2020 Marcus High School graduate Ricketson sews and donates 75 face masks.

FOF2 During her time at Marcus High School, Emily Ricketson made a tremendous impact on countless lives by volunteering with the school’s Circle of Friends and Physical Education Partners programs. She is now a Class of 2020 graduate, but that is not stopping her from continuing to spread kindness throughout Lewisville ISD.

Ricketson sewed 75 reusable face masks with nose wires and donated them to LISD’s Focus on the Future program, which is a vocational training program for students with an intellectual disability and a goal of post-high school employment.

“Throughout my time at Marcus High School, I absolutely loved making new friends through the Circle of Friends and P.E. Partners programs,” Ricketson said. “A lot of the students I met will be in the Focus on the Future program now, so I wanted to make sure they had plenty of face mask options.”

Ricketson made the delivery to FOF staff members on Aug. 4 at Purnell Support Center. The masks, which are a variety of sizes and all have colorful patterns, will be distributed to students as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so appreciative of the masks Emily made,” FOF Case Manager/Lead Teacher Karrie Barnes said. “They will be a game changer for our adult students who may not be comfortable wearing a mask.”

As far as her future, Ricketson will begin attending The University of Texas at Arlington this fall. She will major in nursing and minor in developmental disabilities – decisions made because of her memorable time at MHS.

“Everyone I met at MHS inspired me so much that I hope to one day become a nurse for children with special needs,” Ricketson said. “I want to keep trying to make a difference.

To learn more about FOF, click here.