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Practicing random acts of kindness

Moore-Norman students work with abused dogs at a local animal shelter.

Career exploration students at Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, Okla., participate in the community’s Random Acts of Kindness Week. Although community service is always part of the program, students crank it up during this particular week of the year. Projects include working with children with disabilities; washing, walking and grooming animals at a local shelter for abused animals; and hosting a luncheon for more than 100 at Station 7 of the Norman Fire Department. The students leave behind bracelets to remind their recipients to likewise practice random acts of kindness.

Pet visits make a difference
Pet visits can be comforting to patients who owned pets before they entered skilled nursing care facilities. That’s why medical assisting students Sarah Morris and Ashley Mullen encouraged their classmates at Polytech High School in Woodside, Del., to take their own pets on visits. Those who did had an opportunity to win a gift certificate. Polytech High visitors also helped staff with patient grooming care and held recreational activities.

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Quilt depicts sweet dreams

Danielle Grompone, Hannah Rosenblum and Jessica Young (left to right) with their American Dreams quilt.

Students at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., created a patchwork quilt for the Tomorrows Children’s Fund of their local medical center. The Patches for Caring project involved 65 SkillsUSA members who, using the theme American Dreams, made patches representing dreams expressed by children dealing with life-threatening illnesses. A quilter from a local crafts shop served as a sewing mentor, and youngsters from the school’s day care center created stars for the quilt. Students also distributed 40 fleece blankets to chemotherapy patients.

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When industry is the customer

At EHOVE Career Center in Milan, Ohio, electricity instructor Chuck Oeder (left) guides student D.J. Kramer, and Jen Thompson as they finish a motor control panel for a local company. Students built and wired the panel to the company’s print specifications. The panel will run industrial washers, ovens and conveyors. The project involved nearly 150 hours and incorporated lessons covered in class including programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, and motor starters and relays.

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SkillsUSA Champions | Winter 2007 | Volume 41, No. 2
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