Category: Chapter News

Furnishings and the Arts Improve Lives

At the Vancouver (Wash.) School of Arts and Academics, students decorated and furnished a housing unit affiliated with Open House Ministries. A $2,000 grant from Lowe’s not only helped them improve the housing unit at this family homeless shelter, but also allowed them to create a community garden for the residents. The ongoing project includes teaching…
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Putting a Song in Their Hearts

With the goal of promoting patriotism and citizenship, Somerset County (N.J.) Vocational and Technical High School students Islam Soliman, Vyonce Lawson and Rithika Mechineni (pictured, left to right) contacted the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center about performing a series of classical and patriotic songs. At the event, the group handed out copies of the lyrics…
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Mentors Share Vital Skills

Thanks to the Denver Project Management Institute (PMI), SkillsUSA members from the Center for Communication Technology at Thomas Jefferson High School received project management mentoring plus training in ProjectLibre software. PMI members taught SkillsUSA students globally recognized guidelines for project management. Projects created to PMI standards included a golf handicap phone app, a prototype 3D…
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Spreading Kindness and Mulch

Students in architecture, digital design and filmmaking programs applied for and received a $2,250 SkillsUSA Lowe’s grant to help renovate the playground on the campus of John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Calif. The students wanted to complete a kindness-themed activity and came up with the plan to fix up that abandoned playground. They…
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It’s Their Move

Less electronics, more human interaction and exercise inspired Adam Taylor and Victoria Moreau to develop a chess/checkers garden for their community in Pocomoke City, Md. Large pavers were used to create the oversize game board, allowing players to walk through the pieces to make their moves. The Worcester Technical High School students also planted an…
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An Art Gallery Shows Skills

Graphics design students at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Va., had the opportunity to show their painting, photography and digital work at an exhibit at the town hall. Locals were able to view student works at a gallery opening, and students had a chance to showcase their skills and talent. The show began five…
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Developing a Safe Way

Engineering club students at Sylmar (Calif.) Biotech Health Academy developed an idea for an identification card to be used by homeless people. Featuring a user photo and a scannable datamatrix code, the cards would help outreach workers and others track homeless individuals to better target resources. The code would connect users to a database. In…
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Using Skills and Saturdays to Grant Wish

Students at Ada Professional Technical Center in Meridian, Idaho, have spent their Saturdays granting a wish for a local man fighting cancer. Heavy snow damaged the awning at the man’s home, so the construction trades students had the chance to apply their skills — not for a grade, not for extra credit, but simply to help…
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A Dinner to Honor Survivors

Culinary students at Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, N.C., teamed up with student members of SkillsUSA and other groups to host a dinner for breast cancer survivors. The dinner was held on game night of an annual event in which girls play ball and boys serve as cheerleaders. More than 40 survivors were…
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Mentoring = Improvement

Students at Sikeston (Mo.) Career and Technology Center are seeing results with their Operation Hope mentoring program. They work with at-risk children, and according to health occupations instructor Gloria Houston, 92 percent of the affected youth increased attendance, had minimal referrals to the principal’s office, improved grades and increased involvement in school. The program includes…
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