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SkillsUSA chapter reports for
SkillsUSA National Week of Service

Read these updates from local chapters and get inspired! Send in updates on how your chapter is participating in the SkillsUSA National Week of Service to nclausen@skillsusa.org. The first 50 chapters that report Week of Service plans to the national headquarters will receive a free item.


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2011 Week of Service Projects

Road Side Cleanup & Mentoring at Southwest Georgia Technical College
The SkillsUSA chapter at Southwst Georgia Technical  College planned a road-side clean-up during the week of service in May. Each year, they adopt a mile of US Highway 19 in front of the college and clean up the stretch of highway.  Future community service ideas include an "Activity Day" with local youth organizations, such as Boy Scouts Girl Scouts, 4-H and FFA. During these events, they would highlight a program at the college by teaching youth participants about the program and related activities that meet requirements for one of their merit or activity badges. Benefit to the youth will be access to the resources and skills available at the college and to learn a skill that they may otherwise not have access to the resources to learn.

Automotive Technology Department at Aims Community College use their Automotive Skills in the Community
Automotive students at Aims Community College in Windsor, Colo., are busy in their communities reaching out to a local shelter, an organization that serves at risk youth and the Aurora Colorado Ronald McDonald Charity House.  At a "Woman’s Place, a nonprofit safe house where abused women and their children can seek safety, students collected supplies and donations from local business to service and detail the vehicles for the women free of charge.

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At "Matthews House", a non-profit organization serving at risk youth ages 16-21 that lack significant family support in their lives, SkillsUSA members repaired a vehicle that was in desperate need of mechanical repairs.  At the Ronald McDonalds house, a national organization tha provides a home awy from home for families of children being treated at area hospitals , members did minor maintenance work and cleaned the facility.  A tour of the facility and meeting several families proved to be a "life changing experience" and they decided to continue to support the Ronald McDonald House with future community service projects.

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Ola High School SkillsUSA members Learn about Self Defense
During the week of service in May, SkillsUSA students at Ola High School in Georgia sponsored a women’s self-defense class for families in the community. They partnered with a local police department and the training included a hands-on session to learn basic defensive tactics techniques and concluded with a lesson at the firing range on how to safely and properly use a firearm.

Fifth and Seventh graders in Oregon Receive Hands-on Computer Experience
 SkillsUSA members at Madras High School in Madras, Ore., served as mentors to 5th and 7th graders from "Kids Clubs." After school, the Kids Club students came to the high school Computer Lab to create a visual college.

Culinary Students put their Skills to Good Use in the Community
Culinary students from Concord Regional Technical Center in New Hampshire have volunteered in a local soup kitchen all year long and have planned a canned food drive during the Week of Service in May. In addition they provided food for various fund raising events.

American Cancer Society Receives Support from SkillsUSA Students
Students at Mon Valley Career & Technology Center in Pennsylvania chose to support the American Cancer Society as their community service project for the year.  In December, they sold decorated snowflakes and lollipop candy-grams.  In April, egg candy grams were sold. During the week of Service in May, SkillsUSA sponsored the Annual Car Show. A portion of the proceeds from the car show, as well as what was earned throughout the year was donated to support the local American Cancer Society chapter. 

SkillsUSA Members in Georgia partner with After School Program
Heart of Georgia Technical College SkillsUSA partnered with Kid’s Connection, an after school program for children, pre-teens and teens. Once a quarter SkillsUSA students share their knowledge and skills with students with the purpose of assisting them in making future career choices.  Presentations have been made by criminal justice class, basic computers class and health classes. 

Red Cross Blood Drive and Canned Food Drive in Maine
During the Week of Service in May, students from Region Ten Technical High School in Brunswick, Maine held a Red Cross Blood Drive. In addition, they donate montly to the
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program through an ongoing  food drive. Over 500 pounds have been collected. 

"Seniors Helping Seniors" Heroes in Texas
For the past 3 years, SkillsUSA students in Pasadena, Texas have participated in the "Seniors Helping Seniors" project which provides an opportunity for high school seniors to put their careers and skills to work by sprucing up the homes of senior citizens in the community. To locate homes for the project, Pasadena ISD forged a partnership with Rebuilding Together Houston, a nonprofit community outreach organization that provides no-cost home modifications and repairs to low-income and elderly homeowners, as well as individuals with disabilities.

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SkillsUSA students complete a Service Project for Rebuilding Together
The Waubonsie Valley SkillsUSA chapter completed a service project for Rebuilding together Aurora during the Week of Service in May. The students worked to rebuild and roof a garage for a family need on the east side of Aurora. Woodworking and drafting students worked together to complete the project in two days. Several other Rebuilding Together teams were working in the area and they stopped by to compliment the WVHS on a job well done. The homeowner and his family were also involved in helping during the project and were appreciative of the student’s efforts.

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together

Sussex Technical High School Very Busy During National Week of Service
During the week of service for SkillsUSA, many programs at Sussex Technical High School worked together to complete the high school prom. Carpentry students completed the props, the Digital Publishing and Print Design students created signs, the Environmental students helped to deliver plants and to capture the energy of this event, the Media Broadcasting and Electronics students provided the equipment for sound and video. 

The Health Professionals program hosted their second blood drive of the school year by partnering with the Delaware Blood Bank. The juniors and seniors worked together to sign up staff to donate. This event not only promotes community service, but also saves lives of people in the community and gives students practical experience in the health care fields. 

Finally, on May 5, a team of students who will be competing in the Community Service Competetion completed the design of an out-door classroom concept. Students raised money to buy picnic tables and received donations in the community for plants. The project will be completed with landscaping from the environmental students and bird houses from the carpentry students. If teachers would like to bring students outside to teach, the classroom can be reserved. 

Year Long Community Service Projects in New York
Niagara Career & Technical Center in Sanborn, N.Y., have been very committed to SkillsUSA and community service projects throughout the year. Projects include a coin collection of spare change for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  a warm clothing drive in November in partnership with local Elks Lodge, a fund raiser for Make-A-Wish foundation in February and  collection of used cell phones for the Niagara County Domestic Violence Unit. During Week of Service in May, students decided to donate plants and garden materials to a local group of special education classes so they can have a vegetable garden at their school.

"All our projects have come from student suggestions and ideas or ideas that have been shared with our chapter from teachers or administration. We look forward to seeing what’s going on in the rest of the country, powered by SkillsUSA!" said Donna Quinn, Lead Advisor. 

2010 Week of Service Projects

Car Show in Pennsylvania school Benefits "Autism Speaks"
SkillsUSA members at Mon Valley Career and Technical Center in Charlerol, Pa., sponsored the 7th Annual Car Show to benefit the local SkillsUSA chapter and Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. The event also included food, music, door prizes and a Chinese Auction. As awards, students from Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Carpentry and Machine Shop created 'trophies' out of pistons. In preparation for the car show, SkillsUSA members also participated in a very successful "road clean-up" in cooperation  with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This activity beautified the area and roadways surrounding the school. Both activities were a huge success, and students plan to make this an annual project.

North Shore Technical High School Chapter support Children’s Hospital
During the Week of Service in May, students at North Shore Technical High School in Middleton, Mass., visited the Yawkey Inn in Boston. The Inn is for families whose children are patients at Children’s Hospital in Boston. As reported by advisor Ellen Johnson, the visit was a culmination of their year-long service project. The members brought a meal to feed 40-50 people and also decorated cupcakes. In addition, SkillsUSA members at the school were involved in Children’s Hospital Coins for Cures raising money to help kids.

North Shore Students Community Service Week

North Shore Students Community Service Week

North Shore Students Community Service Week

Georgia SkillsUSA Students Clean School
Kendrick High School SkillsUSA members in Columbus, Ga, spent the National Week of Service cleaning up the school courtyard and painting the school building, reports advisor Cheryl Rees. 

Georgia Students Clean School

Georgia Students Clean School

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2009 Week of Service Projects

College Students Mentor Elementary School Kids

Mentoring from students
SkillsUSA members teamed up this spring with other students at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, Georgia to mentor local elementary school students. The new Mentoring Program is called iStand for Success. "We envision this program will serve as a tool which will make a positive difference in the lives of elementary age students as well as our students," says SkillsUSA advisor Terry Harper, who is the practical nursing instructor at the college. The student club members have committed to be mentors for 21 students at Scott Elementary. The club members visit the elementary school during their lunch hour and read to the students. 

Free Chain Saw Sharpening Event a Success
The Machine Tool Technology Department SkillsUSA Chapter of the Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, Arkansas offered Free Ax/Hatchet/Chain Saw Sharpening to help with the devastation caused by storms across the Midwest that severely affected the northwestern part of the state. Rod White, instructor of machine tool technology, reports that the program was a big success. The department sharpened over 700 items during a month.

North Shore Technical H.S. Chapter Helps the Needy

North Shore Technical H.S. Chapter Helps the Needy
The Community Service Club at North Shore Technical H.S. in Middleton, Massachusetts has planned a number of events for the 2009 SkillsUSA National Service Week, report advisors Ellen Johnson and Carol Sullivan. They concentrated attention on those less fortunate in these hard economic times by serving two food pantries in their district. We held a two-week food drive for the Beverly Boot Straps Pantry ending May 8th. Also, they prepared and served a meal at the Open Door in Gloucester on May. Also in Gloucester, they helped prepare for their annual Empty Bowl fundraiser by making 200 cookies Wednesday, May 6 at the pantry. They also made some bowls for this event. They have about 20 members who regularly perform service to others.

Culinary Students Support Mission
Area Career and Technical Center Students in Russellville, Arkansas helped Main Street Mission during the National Week of Service, reports advisor Donna Mitchell. First year culinary arts students came up with the idea of performing a community service project by helping the Mission, a non-denominational community outreach. They provide prepared meals, and operate a food pantry, clothes closet, and home furnishings. Students started by consulting the Mission about their needs. They requested a financial donation to support their work. The students planned a cupcake sale for our student body. They provided the materials, baked and decorated, then sold. They were pleased to have $130 to donate to the Mission. The entire project was decided, planned, and successfully carried out by students.

Tuckerman Students Park Cars, Host After Prom Party
This year SkillsUSA students at Tuckerman High School in Tuckerman, Arkansas supported their school’s annual baseball and softball tournament by parking cars, reports Angie McGee, the criminal justice instructor at the school as well as the police officer on campus. The school campus does not have a lot of parking so they have to be creative in making enough room for everyone to park. The elderly people in the community love the service because they get a good parking place up close. The next event was the after-prom party that SkillsUSA co-hosted along with the HOSA students. This event was held on Saturday, May 9 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the local bowling alley. It was a great success. Out of the 133 students who attended the prom, 77 of those also attended the after party.

Reading Muhlenberg CTC
Replaces Flags on Graves of War Veterans

Reading Muhlenberg CTC Replaces Flags on Graves of War Veterans
Students at Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania replaced old flags with new flags on the graves of the War Veterans, reports Patricia Rhodenizer. The school has annually replaced 775 flags at St. Mary’s Cemetery for the past 20 years. Painting and decorating students led the project this year along with their instructor, Mr. Wojciechowski and SkillsUSA advisor Mrs. Gonzalez. Every year a different program takes part in the activity. They school does this activity in May so new flags are on the graves sites by Memorial Day. The students had so many questions about the cemetery. The students jumped right in and started removing the old battered flags and other students replaced the holders with new ones. It was a great experience and they would like to do it again because of the history lessons they had learned that day.

Alexandria Technical College Updates Local Camp
The Smokey Timbers Camp is looking a lot better these days, thanks to a hard-working crew of students from the Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota, reports advisor Sherri Randt. About 90 students descended upon the primitive camp on the north shore of Lake Miltona on May 6 for their National Week of Service project. They repaired an old deck, cleared trails, repaired lawn mowers, remodeled a bunkhouse, caulked doors and windows, moved picnic tables, split firewood, installed docks, readied the beach and completed other small repair jobs. They also ate "about a million hot dogs" which was their only compensation for a busy half-day of work, said Dick Kuehn, a member of the board of directors of the Smokey Timbers Foundation. "They accomplished more in four hours than we would have been able to do independently over two years." The students came from the carpentry, marine and small engine, machining, mechanical drafting, welding and mechatronics programs. The campus adopted Smokey Timbers fix-up as their community service project. The 21.3-acre camp is a place for area youth and families to learn about nature and explore the outdoors.


Central Campus Culinary Students
Honor Police at Appreciation Breakfast

The culinary arts students at Central Campus invited the Des Moines Police Department‘s Campus Monitors to an appreciation breakfast on May 6 to thank them for keeping students in Polk County safe. Advisor Elaine Wolf, the culinary arts instructor, reports that the students served 26 police officers a breakfast of cheese strata, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit salad, cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls plus coffee, tea and juice. Jeremy Lukehart, the SkillsUSA state champion in culinary arts and Tab Collins, the SkillsUSA state champion in commercial baking, served as co-chairs for the event. Both students will be representing Iowa at the Skills USA championships in Kansas City in June.

Pickaway Ross CTC Holds
Food Drive and Helps Make A Wish

The cosmetology students at Pickaway Ross Career and Technical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio held a community service food drive for the local food pantry as their Week of Service project. Pickaway Ross CTC is made up of nine feeder schools between two counties, and each has its own food pantry. The food drive consisted of students donating food in exchange for a haircut, or just donating money. The drive lasted one month. All funds raised were then used to purchase canned foods and other stable items as requested by the local food pantry. The SkillSUSA students donated six large boxes of food to the local shelter.


2008 Week of Service Projects

Culinary Students Host Dinner
for Families of Hospitalized Children

The Culinary Arts students at Central Campus in Des Moines, Iowa prepared dinner for the Ronald McDonald House as their National Week of Service project for Skills USA, reports advisor Elaine Wolf. The students prepared a salad bar, pasta with several sauces, bread sticks and a variety of cakes for dessert. The residents of the Ronald McDonald house were extremely happy to see a homemade meal when they returned from visiting their children in the hospital. Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

Students Help Host Softball Tournament for District
Tuckerman High School in Tuckerman, Arkansas hosted their district softball and baseball tournament during the national week of service, reports advisor Angie McGee. Her students in the criminal justice program were in charge of parking the cars and the buses for the large tournament.

West Georgia College Members Support Blood Drive
The West Georgia Tech SkillsUSA student chapter sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 as part of their week of service activity. They had over 40 registered donors and collected 27 units of blood in five hours, reports chapter co-advisor Pamela Parmer. The members helped to distribute materials, set up and dismantle the room and assisted with the registration of the participants. This is one of three blood drives that are sponsored by the chapter each year.

The chapter also set up their college auditorium for a Georgia Young Writer's Club event on Sunday, May 4. A total of 10 SkillsUSA members plus co-advisor Jim Biagi participated in the event and were recognized for their service at the conference.

Finally, the chapter made a donation to the SkillsUSA high school chapters in Troup County to assist with costs for their upcoming competitions.

Oklahoma Students Clean Museum
Service Technology students at Northwest Technology Center in Alva, Oklahoma were involved in several volunteer activities the week of May 4_10, reports advisor Margaret Goss. The special needs students travelled to a nearby town and volunteered to clean the Newspaper Museum. At one time, there was a newspaper with presses and equipment. They spent an afternoon sweeping, cleaning, and polishing the dusty museum.

The students also established a garden area outside their classroom. They worked in the garden to prepare the site and then added plants. A raised bed garden has been added for students who are in a wheelchair so they may garden too.

The students prepared goodie bags for a Farm Safety Fair. Students went to the fair grounds and stuffed 120 goodie bags that were used for the 6th Grade Safety Fair, where students from all schools in the county attended to learn about safety.

The students also used their culinary skills to prepare cupcakes for Sophomore Tours. Students prepared cupcakes for the sophomores who come to Northwest Technology Center from area high schools. They are fed a nice lunch and have decorated cupcakes made by the Service Technology Class.

New York Chapter Holds Hygiene Class, Helps Special Needs Students Get Ready for Dance, and Assists at Blood Drive
The SkillsUSA chapter at the WE-MO-CO Career and Technical Education center in Spencerport, New York planned three community service events during the National Week of Service. On Thursday May 8 one cosmetology class did a follow up with the students they sponsored for a Breakfast with Santa in December. They invited the students back to teach them hygiene and give them makeovers. Thirteen economically disadvantaged students from the Liberty Life program in Albion came to Mrs. Chamber's cosmetology class. Seven SkillsUSA members taught them about personal hygiene. The Liberty Life students received pizza, cookies, and a lesson on how to keep their teeth and nails clean. They also got their hair washed, styled and their manicures.

On May 9, Mrs. Hunt's Cosmetology class helped special education students get ready for their dance. Every year BOCES sponsors a student ball for the special education students, similar to a high school prom. SkillsUSA students styled their hair and painted nails. On May 9, the SkillsUSA chapter also held their third blood drive of the year. SkillsUSA members went class to class and signed up students to donate, then worked the blood drive. They signed students in, gave them cookies and juice and monitored them to make sure they felt okay before leaving. A total of 51 pints of blood were collected.

SkillsUSA members helped with makeovers and taught hygiene

SkillsUSA members helped with makeovers and taught hygiene

Photos: SkillsUSA members helped with makeovers and taught hygiene.

Maine Students Help Ronald McDonald House
The SkillsUSA chapter at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center in Westbrook, Maine supported their local Ronald McDonald House during SkillsUSA Week. The students made blankets for the home. Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. This year, the students also adopted a nursing home and made many monthly projects according to the needs of the residents.


2007 Week of Service Projects

Lyman High School SkillsUSA Holds Locker Cleanout
SkillsUSA members at Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida performed their community service right on campus this year. They took charge and cleaned out 2,400 lockers at their school. All textbooks and library books were returned to the library, while other books were donated to local organizations. Four shopping carts were filled with clothing and shoes. The autistic class washed and dried the clothes and hung them up, which provided valuable practice in functional living skills. The school nurse will now be able to send students for replacement clothes if they have an accident or injury, which allows the student stay in school. The discipline office can ask students who have violated the dress code to locate a clothing replacement instead of receiving a discipline consequence, which cuts down on the number of in-school suspensions. Any clothing that can’t be used by students will be donated to the local Goodwill Thrift store. All school supplies that were gathered from the lockers will be given to students that are not able to afford supplies next school year. The SkillsUSA chapter had three teams of students conduct this event, which has become an annual program. "All the SkillsUSA members have a great time participating," reports SkillsUSA advisor and automotive technology instructor Dave Moye. "The time spent together is a blast, and normally everyone is anxious to spend time together performing this community service."

Dona Ana Community College Helps with Town Cleanup
SkillsUSA members in the building construction technology program at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico participated in a town clean up on the weekend of April 28. Working with various high schools and city personnel, the SkillsUSA students cleaned or improved various areas around the community. Projects included collecting 421 bags of trash, painting a mural at Alameda Elementary School, doing landscape work at the comer of Idaho and EI Paseo, and collecting and disposing of old tires. A total of 363 people participated in the events. "We were able to successfully accomplish this very needed clean up for our town," said advisor Juan Reyes, who helped coordinate the projects.

West Georgia Technical College Sponsors Blood Drive
The West Georgia Technical College SkillsUSA Chapter in LaGrange, Georgia sponsored a May 9 blood drive on their campus, working with the American Red Cross. SkillsUSA members placed posters and sign up sheets in campus buildings to encourage students, staff and faculty to give blood. They also sent an email through the college system to alert enrolled students to the blood drive hours and the need for blood. Students assisted on the day of the drive with registration and directing donors to the donation area. They had a successful drive, with 39 units of blood donated. The West Georgia chapter has also been working with the Twin Cedars Youth facility to complete needed projects, such as building storage shelves. Each year, West Georgia conducts a coat drive for the local interfaith clothes closet and this year they collected 40 coats, reports chapter co-advisor Pamela Parmer.

Liberty Students Support Relay for Life
The Liberty Magnet Technology High School SkillsUSA chapter in Jackson, Tennessee supported the American Cancer Society Relay For Life as their Week of Service community project. The SkillsUSA members took the lead and asked the whole school to help raise money for this cause. They held a contest between classes and the class that raised the most money was given a pizza lunch, provided by SkillsUSA. This year they fed three classes because of the large amount of money raised. The school raised a total of over $7,000 among the 1100 students who attend. The fundraiser ended with the Madison County Relay For Life Walk, which was held on Friday May 11, 2007. The students set up a campsite, and enjoyed participating in the many activities during the event, reports advisor Carolyn McLemore.

Auto Tech Students Help Train Local Cub Scouts
The Auto Tech Program of Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia provided training for an area Cub Scout Pack. The SkillsUSA students helped the Cub Scouts complete requirements for their Handyman merit badge. A total of 12 cub scouts and 7 parents attended the program. The scouts learned how to change a tire and how to check fluid levels in a car by using the owner’s manual. Advisor Dennis Moyers reports that the program was a big success.

Millcreek Center Students Conduct Park Litter Clean Up
Senior SkillsUSA members from the Millcreek Center in Olathe, Kansas went to a local park and cleaned up litter as their service project. Then, they enjoyed an afternoon picnic in the park as a reward, reports advisor John Collins. The participating students were from the advanced auto service technology class.

SkillsUSA Students Volunteer at Crisis Center
A group of 12 SkillsUSA members at the Western Arkansas Technical Center at UA Fort Smith decided that May 10 was the perfect time to give back to their community. To celebrate the anniversary of the founding of SkillsUSA and as part of SkillsUSA National Week of Service, the students spent an afternoon at the Crisis Center for Women in Fort Smith.

The students prepared labels, made phone calls and placed signs in various locations around Fort Smith to aid the Center with its annual fundraising event, "Dinner in the Vineyards," which will be held on June 2. They were able to put into practice the soft skills they had been learning in SkillsUSA meetings this past year by communicating with Crisis Center staff, members of the community, and local business owners. Soft skills include using oral and written communication skills, practicing poise under pressure, and utilizing teamwork, all of which attract employers. Jennifer Canada, Crisis Center director, said there was plenty for the students to do. "We are happy to have them help," Canada said. "We are always in need of short- and long-term volunteers."

The Crisis Center for Women provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The center is responsible for providing services to eight counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Western Arkansas Technical Center at UA Fort Smith is an area secondary center serving a five-county area.

Mt. Gilead Health Students
Support Sheltered Workshop for Adults

Health technologies SkillsUSA members at Mt. Gilead High School spent two afternoons during the week of May 7-11 serving Whetstone Industries, an adult workshop run by the Board of MRDD. The senior students participated in weeding, planting, and mulching flower beds, shredding paper for the office, cleaning the transportation vans and assisting the clients with crafts and exercise sessions. Their goal was to support an agency that has suffered from lack of funding. Even though the community passed a recent levy, additional local funds are needed to supplement continued state and federal cuts in funding. They also wanted to help people who are sometimes overlooked in society. "All the students worked very hard and displayed caring, helpful attitudes and enjoyed a sense of accomplishment and service to a very worthy agency," reports advisor Lori Hosack.

E.J. Milliken Technical Center Holds Blood
Drive, and Supports Habitat For Humanity

The E. J. Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale, New York stays actively involved in both community and in school activities. They are working with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in honor of one of our teacher’s son, who passed away. They are also fundraising so they can hold an end of year school social for their SkillsUSA members. During the National Week of Service, they held a blood drive and collected 33 pints of blood. Reported by advisor Giovanni Chiarelli.

The McPherson High School
SkillsUSA Helps Renovate Historic Statue

On May 7 during All Schools Day in McPherson, Kansas, a historic statue of a schoolteacher was rededicated. The statue was renovated by SkillsUSA carpentry students at McPherson High School. The carving, originally created by chainsaw artist Gino Salerno in 1994, had fallen over due to wood rot and vandalism. The students used their skills to repair the rotted wood and re-paint the statue known as Miss Wickersham.  They installed steel bracing in the legs to support the statute. The students then assisted JP Construction in installing the statue at the corner of Kansas and Walnut Streets near the courthouse. The students who refurbished the statue were honored for their work at the re-dedication ceremony. Reported by: advisor Arlan Penner.

Cactus High School Teams with Habitat for Humanity
Cactus High School in Peoria, Arizona organized their advanced building trades students to work with Habitat for Humanity of the West Valley in Peoria for the fifth year in a row. They began work on a house located 5 miles from the school in October and finished it in May. The students did the carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing, insulation installation, painting and cabinet installation. They requested outside help when it was time to install the stucco and drywall, in order to speed up construction. Program advisory council members donated trusses, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies and cabinets. During the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, the students also worked on two other houses next to the one they built. They sheeted a roof, installed fascia, gable bracing then blocking and kitchen soffits in both houses.

Detroit Students Work on
Fort Wayne at Mackinac Island
Students from A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center in Detroit were recognized for their community involvement at The Michigan Historic Preservation Network's 27th Annual Preservation Conference, which took place May 3-6 on scenic Mackinac Island. The community project enabled the SkillsUSA students to get job training while helping to preserve historic Fort Wayne. The local community and students from the carpentry, computer-aided drafting, painting and decorating, masonry, plumbing and pipefitting, electricity, construction and HVAC were involved.

Calvert Career Center Cleans Highway,
Assists Governor with Bill Signing Days
On May 12, students from Calvert Career Center in Prince Frederick, Maryland worked on a highway cleanup project, part of an ongoing two-year commitment. SkillsUSA members at the school were also asked in May to assist the Governor of Maryland with Bill Signing Days. The students were taken to Annapolis, where their role was to escort guests to the governor’s conference room for the signing of various bills.

Kendrick High School Conducts Cell Phones for Soldiers
Kendrick High School in Georgia celebrated the SkillsUSA National Week of Service by conducting a Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign.  The chapter adopted HC 1/15 Scout Platoon of the Third Brigade from Fort Benning, Georgia. This platoon is currently deployed to Iraq. The chapter is collecting cell phones and accessories to recycle. The money generated by recycling them is then used to buy phone cards so the soldiers can call home. Many of these soldiers and their families spent thousands of dollars on phone bills during their first deployment overseas. The chapter is also selling Support the Troops buttons for $2 each, and the proceeds from the button sales is also being used to purchase phone cards.

Miami Valley CTC Automotive Students
Raise Money for Injured Racecar Drivers

The Miami Valley CTC automotive technology students raised $815 for the Eldora Speedway Injured Driver's Fund as their SkillsUSA Community Service project.  Individuals who made donations were permitted to sign the wing of Dave Jessup's Sprint car. The money was presented to Eldora Speedway by automotive student Fred White in a ceremony at the track just prior to a race featuring the signed car. All of the automotive students were given free race admission tickets by the officials at Eldora.

Culinary Students Honor Campus Monitors
The culinary arts students at Central Campus invited the Des Moines Police Campus Monitors to an appreciation breakfast on Friday, May 11 to thank them for keeping students in Polk County safe. They served 30 police officers a breakfast of egg strata, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, scones, fresh fruit salad and coffee, tea or juice. Janell Nicholson, state champion in culinary arts and Katie Anderson, state champion in commercial baking served as co-chairs for the event. Both students will represent Iowa at the SkillsUSA Championships.
 
Medical Students Help Fight Cancer
Medical academy students from Cabot High School in Arkansas helped with the annual Relay For Life event on May 11. They helped to set up the event, provide supervision for games, did face painting and walked with survivors of cancer. The students worked in shifts for more than 12 hours to cover the event, which raises money for cancer research. This is the second year medical students from Cabot High School have served the community through the Relay for Life. Students know the event organizers really value the help they provide.

Masonry Students Install Memory
Walk for Grant Regional Hospital
Bricklaying and masonry students at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore have been working to install a walkway of pavers that leads to a garden area at the hospital. Businesses or individuals purchase the engraved pavers as a way to remember their loved ones. The funds that are collected in the sale of each brick go to the hospital foundation to help purchase new medical equipment. The students were invited to meet with hospital foundation officers and learned first-hand the importance of their contribution.

Utah Students Team Up to Clean Highways
Region Two Utah SkillsUSA members teamed up on a large highway clean up service project. Region Two covers Davis and Morgan Counties and includes nine high schools: Northridge, Davis, Layton, Viewmont, Bountiful, Woods Cross, Clearfield, Mountain and Morgan. This is their fifth year of involvement and the project has grown each year.  Students met at Nicholls Park in Kaysville and then proceeded in groups to clean four sections of the highway, both northbound and southbound. They did this project in the fall and again this spring. They are excited to be getting an adopt-a-highway sign that will mark the area they clean, in order to remind drivers that students are out in the community serving others.

Carrigan Career Center
Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity
All Carrigan Career Center classes volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on May 9. The project was organized in honor of the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, reports school principal Leah Ford. A story about their project was published in a local newspaper.

Dunnellon High School Collects, Donates Canned Goods
Dunnellon High School SkillsUSA members teamed up to support the FFA canned goods drive. The SkillsUSA students collected 205 cans and donated them to FFA for the food bank collection. One SkillsUSA member also participated in the Relay for life on Friday May 11. The chapter donated money to other participants who registered for Relay for Life. The SkillsUSA students also made a special lunch for graduating seniors at the school.

Bay Arenac ISD Holds Girl’s Night Out
The Bay-Arenac ISD Early Childhood Education SkillsUSA community service team hosted a Girl’s Night Out.  The event was planned to offer girls and a mother or other significant female in their life an opportunity to celebrate their relationship, build communication and have fun. Home Depot sponsored a pottery painting craft project while Bayshire Beauty Academy did up-dos and manicures for guests attending. Local entrepreneurs such as Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Home Interiors, and Stampin' Up shared samples of their products. Students and instructors from the dental, agriscience, business information processing, law enforcement, machine trades, auto body, auto mechanics, graphics, and early childhood education classes were involved. Some of the activities included making lip-gloss, creating bookmarks, designing corsages, and creating coin purses out of duct tape.  Special keepsake photographs were taken by the graphics class.  The auto body class gave out gift certificates to detail cars and machine trades created key chain medallions for participants. Instructors and students assisted by doing brief informational presentations on proper tooth brushing, participating in a fashion show, line dancing and how to resist aggression defensively. The culinary arts/hospitality tourism program organized refreshments. The evening concluded with a fashion show sponsored by Younkers and Becca's Closet—a dress bank for high school girls wanting to attend their prom without the resources to purchase these items. Three local junior high students and six students from the early childhood education class modeled the fashions provided. With the generous donations from our supporters for the night the chapter was able to offer the event free of charge and gave away over 65 door prizes. Over 200 guests attended Girl’s Night Out and the school hopes to make this an annual event.

Cometology Students Support Professional Nurses
On May 9, 2007 the cosmetology students from Milby Senior High School in Houston, Texas will be providing services for the nurses at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. This ties into the SkillsUSA National Week of Service and also into Nurses Appreciation Week. The students will provide facials, manicures, and hairstyles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. This is the fourth year the class has been conducting this community service project and the nurses look forward to it as much as the students enjoy providing the services. Advisor: Stephanie Gonzalez-Williams, cosmetology instructor.

Students Donate Miliary Tribute Tables for Veteran
Welding instructor Julian Acevedo of Kitty Hawk Middle School in University City, Texas will be taking 7 of his students to a local Veteran’s Hospital on May 9, where they will present four special tables they built representing the Army, Air Force, the Marines and the Navy. They plan to meet with to local military troops during the presentation. "As a Desert Storm Veteran and retired Air Force member, I know some of what these men and women are going through. I just hope our little contribution to them can ease the pain." Two of their tables were entered into competition at the Texas State Championships and took first place. Advisor: Julian Acevedo, welding (mechanical repair)

SkillsUSA Car Cruise to
Support Make-A-Wish Foundation

The school-wide SkillsUSA chapter at Mon Valley Career and Technical Center in Charleroi, Pennsylvania will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Wish Cruise on May 6 to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. The car show will be held at the school and will feature food, music and door prizes. The first 150 vehicles to register will receive a special goodie bag prepared by the students. SkillsUSA advisor Lexanne Romonosky says the students have worked hard to solicit donations from local businesses and to generate publicity. At last year's event, students earned over $2,100. This year's goal is $3,400. Advisor: Lexann Romonosky.

Arts & Craft Materials
Collected for Young Hospital Patients

Frederick Career and Technology Center in Frederick, Md., has collected a variety of arts and craft items for young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. They have gathered 26 large boxes of craft supplies to donate to the hospital. Just prior to the National Week of Service, a small group of their students also made a special trip to Louisiana to help hurricane Katrina victims. Lead advisor: Martha Lowry.

Arkansas Habitat Volunteers Keep Giving
The Saline County Career Center in Bauxite, Arkansas has been regularly volunteering time to their local Habitat for Humanity projects, with students working during the months of March, April and in May to celebrate the SkillsUSA National Week of Service. "We are very proud to be a part of this ongoing commitment," says their advisor. Advisor: Connie Kinsey, cosmetology.

Health Students Hold Parent
Employer Appreciation Banquet

The Diversified Health Occupations Class at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio is planning an Appreciation Banquet for Parents and Employers on May 10, 2007.  The banquet will honor parents and employers for their help and cooperation with the SkillsUSA program through the year.  All the SkillsUSA members are involved in the process of planning and carrying out the banquet. Advisor: Joyce Ann Leyrer, health occupations.

Virginia SkillsUSA Members Support Operation Shoebox
Media specialist Jan Budryk of Hermitage Technical Center in Richmond, Virginia is coordinating members of SkillsUSA Virginia for an ongoing national service project called Operation Shoebox. Students are filling boxes with a variety of personal care and snack items for soldiers who are deployed overseas. Students will be bringing their completed shoeboxes to the Virginia state conference on April 26, where organizers will arrange to have them shipped by the national guard to troops who will appreciate a care package. Reported by Jan Budryk, media specialist.

Students Complete Habitat Home in North Carolina
Students in the Construction Technology Classes at Wilkes Career Education Center in Wiklesboro, North Carolina are building a Habitat For Humanity House as their community service project for the year. "This house has been totally built by my students and has been a very good project for us this year. We did all the Framing, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical, and hung the drywall. We hope to be able to do another house for our community next year to better prepare my students for possible employment in the Construction field, while providing some needy family with a better place to live. This house was built on school property and the transported to its final destination," reports the instructor. Advisor: Michael Johnson, carpentry.

Puerto Rico SkillsUSA
Members Serve Local Communities

Puerto Rico chapters have made plans to do lots of community service during the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, says Julie De Jesús Alvarado. Students in the Arecibo region plan to sow plants in the school areas to beautiful their schools. In San Juan, students will visit homes for abused children such as the Casa de la Bondad. In the Caguas region, there will be a cleanup project at Barriada Morales for people with limited resources or special needs. In the Bayamón Region there will be visits to elementary schools to support students with recreation activities for students aged 5 to 7. In the Ponce region there will be visits to the District Hospital to visit the sick, especially the elderly and to provide necessities for the patients. In the Mayaguez Region, there will be  beach clean up, with various areas near the city worked on by each school. In the Fajardo Region drafting students are going to showcase their drafting skills in order to promote technical education programs. Reported by Julie De Jesús Alvarado, SkillsUSA Puerto Rico.



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