When Robert Slovey, national ASEP/AYES manager for General Motors, donated a GMC Envoy to McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Mich., there were two positive outcomes. For patients recovering from injuries, it was used to help learn safe ways for entering and exiting a vehicle. For automotive students at the local GASC Technology Center, it was an opportunity to learn how to make a vehicle more environmentally friendly.
Students from multiple automotive classes were involved. To help tell the project story, classmate Amanda Frasier developed a promotional bulletin board for a regional SkillsUSA Championships, then presented the display to the hospital staff as a memento.
Platt Technical High School students in Milford, Conn., have repaired a burned and vandalized section of a 600-foot boardwalk. The boardwalk gives access to a seven-acre swamp, which is open to the public and used as the school’s outdoor natural classroom. Materials for the project, which included security lights and video cameras, were funded by a SkillsUSA Lowe’s education grant.
Special education students, some in wheelchairs or using walkers, were the models at a fashion show at Plant City (Fla.) High School.
With the aid of their general-education mentors from the Best Buddies Club, they modeled for a crowd of about 400 family members, friends and fans. The annual “EveryBuddies Beautiful” fashion show, sponsored by SkillsUSA students, netted more than $2,000 through ticket sales.
“What a wonderful event this is turning out to be,” says Laurel Ritenbaugh, a cosmetology teacher and SkillsUSA advisor. “Buddies” participated in four categories: glitz and glamour, heritage, sportswear and “wild and out.”
To help a family cover expenses for their son’s cancer treatment, Wayne White’s cosmetology students from the Chantilly (Va.) Academy and professionals from a local salon held a “cut-a-thon.” Students did shampooing and blow drying while salon employees provided cutting and styling.
By suggesting $20 donations for services, they raised more than $2,500. The patient, Mac Groseclose (above center) a friend of White’s son, suffers from a type of brain cancer. Students also helped at a “fun run” that netted nearly $20,000.
SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2008 | Volume 43, No. 1