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Learning while teaching about service

SkillsUSA members at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., held a teddy bear drive for children being treated for cancer. In association with the Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, they collected 80 bears in a variety of sizes for Hackensack University Medical Center.

Before delivering the bears, the students went to the Bergen County Technical Schools Day Care Center to teach about community service. Working with the children to create personalized name tags for each bear and to gift-wrap them, they explained the importance of getting involved in projects to help others. end of story

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Students pool talents to help horse riders

Students at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, Mass., volunteer as side walkers for nearby Ironstone Farm’s therapeutic horsemanship program. While volunteering at the farm, the students realized some riders needed special assistance in mounting the horses. So, they pooled their resources to build a 32-foot-long, 5-foot-wide handicap access ramp.

Besides constructing the ramp, the chapter garnered local business, industry and civic support to come up with construction materials and warm clothing for horse handlers. Students in interior and fashion design made blankets for the horses.end of story

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Partners pitch in

SkillsUSA youth directors from each district in Texas teamed up with Timberland PRO, Habitat for Humanity and City Year to help those in need of shelter in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Academy Sports & Outdoors, a Timberland PRO customer, paid their employees for the day while allowing them to participate. The event was covered by two local television stations.end of story

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Schools send aid to far-off friends

When one of their graduates was deployed to Iraq, students at Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C., adopted his unit, the 1st Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.

Students from Irmo, Dutch Fork and Chapin high schools raised funds and put together care packages valued at over $5,000. As a treat for the Fort Hood teen-agers whose parents had been deployed, the students raised $500 to pay for the teens to have a night out.

To raise the funds, the students sold key chains and recognition plaques that they created in their auto collision repair lab.

In one of the care packages, the students included a SkillsUSA flag, which the soldiers in Iraq signed and returned.

The local television station aired a program on the project. end of story

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Honoring local veterans

SkillsUSA students at West Point (Miss.) Career and Technology Center set out to hold a five-day loose change drive for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. The class collecting the most was to be rewarded with pizza. Enter new partners. When contacted about the reward, Domino’s Pizza staff said they’d donate 20 percent of a day’s sales to West Point High School’s Interact Club.

When members of the local Rotary International learned of those efforts, they agreed to match Domino’s 20 percent. Next, the SkillsUSA students decided to add their take to the till, and that total was then matched by Domino’s headquarters for a grand total of $4,311. end of story

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SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2005 | Volume 40, No. 1
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