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Partnership Prepares Club for Local Kids

Getting ready for the grand opening of the River Valley Boys and Girls Club.

More than 100 students from the Area Vo-Tech Center in Russellville, Ark., did landscaping, set up the banquet area, and plated and served a meal to approximately 300 guests. They also cleaned up the facility after the banquet.

At the ribbon-cutting for the multi-million-dollar facility, the club’s largest benefactor was on hand: professional basketball player Corliss Williamson of the Sacramento Kings. Williamson is a former Russellville resident.

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Shock Tactic has Sobering Effect

Watching classmates suffer a car crash had a sobering effect at Henderson (Tenn.) High School. That was the intent of the SkillsUSA chapter, which with other student groups staged a simulated wreck on the school track. Emergency fire and rescue — and a medical transport helicopter — went through the motions of extricating “victims,” including one who “died” in the crash. A firefighter found alcohol at the scene and, for effect, put the six-packs on top of the car for everyone to see.

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Auto Shows Draw Crowds

At Mineral County Technical Center in Keyser, W.Va., SkillsUSA members held two car shows for the Hutson Wigfield Scholarship Fund. Wigfield, a collision repair student who died in an automobile accident, was “a car nut,” according to his family.

“I know the family really appreciates what we’re doing,” instructor Kenneth Baker said. Proceeds went to a deserving tech center student planning to pursue higher education.

Community members were judges at the car shows, where all first- and second-place winners received trophies, and the first 25 to register got dashboard plaques.

Metropolitan Community College students in Omaha, Neb., network with the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging to perform low-cost home repairs and modifications for senior citizens.

Students fix roofs, windows and doors, as well as install handrails, build wheelchair ramps, repair drywall and install new, safe flooring and weather stripping. They call the project “Break Away Fridays,” because students leave campus to work on homes at the end of the school week.

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Providing Meals, Parading Wheels

Students at Byington Solway Technology Center in Knoxville, Tenn. keep busy during the school year. They raise funds and provide food baskets for those in need. And, they’ve built an award-winning, Grinch-themed holiday parade float that’s been featured on the local ABC-affiliated television station.

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SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2006 | Volume 41, No. 1
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