Goochland High School Senior Develops Scholarship and Music Festival in Memory of Classmate

Laura Grace Snow was a member of the GHS Class of 2019 who battled Juvenile Batten Disease from 3rd Grade until her death in February of 2018.  Despite losing her sight during Elementary School, life was never dark for Laura Grace.  During all of those years she maintained a positive outlook on life that was infectious to everyone with whom she came into contact.

Laura Grace had a profound love for music and never missed an opportunity to perform at school talent shows.  Her favorite artist was Taylor Swift and she could sing along to almost every song.  During Middle School Laura Grace and her family got the opportunity to meet another of her favorite singers, Carrie Underwood, through the Make a Wish Foundation.

Goochland High School Senior, Savannah Slater, has been friends with Laura Grace since they were toddlers playing at Hidden Rock Park while their older brothers played baseball.  Savannah has created a scholarship in memory of Laura Grace as her GHS senior project.  She has worked with the Guidance Department, Laura Grace’s Family, and GRASP Representatives to develop this scholarship designed to open the eyes of her fellow students to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Savannah has chosen to generate funds for this scholarship by creating the Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival.  The Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival will take place on Saturday, March 2nd in the Goochland High School Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m.  Doors will open at 5pm for dinner and to purchase raffle tickets.

The Festival will include stage performances by fellow students, community choirs, and local musicians.  Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the festival as well as raffle tickets for some creative gift baskets donated by community members.  Dinner may be purchased from the All-Night-Graduation Committee at the indoor concession stand.

Author: Andy Armstrong

Executive Director of Business Operations, Goochland County Public Schools