Category: Chapter News

Dissection photo

Dissecting a Career Plan

Health occupations students at Sikeston (Mo.) Career and Technology Center participate in Project Hope (Helping Other People Everywhere). The goals of the program include building leadership skills in high-school students and developing healthy peer relationships through mentoring fifth- and sixth-graders. To expose younger children to careers in health occupations, the Sikeston students held a dissection…
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Abigails Plan

A Smooth Approach to Baseball

Bucket-toting, fundraising volunteers for a nonprofit, Abigail’s Plan, sport T-shirts printed by Sandy Wheeley’s Lawrence (Tenn.) County High School graphics class. The Abigail’s Plan logo, designed by Wheeley, has become the brand identity of the nonprofit and is used on a variety of items. Abigail’s Plan seeks to raise $350,000 to build a rubberized baseball…
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Zero Tolerance

Students at Lanier High School in San Antonio learned how truancy, teen pregnancy and gang problems at their school were related to alcohol and drug abuse. Through mentoring, resource booths and presentations to students, teachers and the community, these Texans hope their Zero Tolerance awareness and prevention campaign is making a difference.

Katie Gigliotti fixing up Louison House.

A New Place for Homeless Kids to Play

Students, faculty and staff from McCann Technical School in North Adams, Mass., helped spruce up Louison House, their area’s homeless shelter. With funds raised selling candles, they repainted the play room, added peel-and-stick images to the walls and bought a toy kitchen set. Louison House and its Family Life Support Center were created 25 years…
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Making Tracks for Inclusion

Building trades students at Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Vocational Technical School (BAVTS) built easels and frames to display children’s paintings created in the Wheels of Friendship program developed by the organization Mikayla’s Voice. What they got in return was an understanding of the importance of inclusion of people with physical, mental, emotional and cultural differences. BAVTS…
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Their Skills are Dog-Gone Good

Construction students at Jackson (Ga.) High School have designed and built doghouses for sale. They also donated several to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units. The project gives students a chance to raise funds, practice a variety of construction skills they’re learning in class, and serve their community all at the same time.

Thinking Inside the Box to Save Ducks

Students Joseph Beebe and T.J. Frampton stepped up to help ducks nest on Goat Island on the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill, Md. The island’s department of public works director, Ronald Donnelly, contacted Worcester Technical High in nearby Newark to see if students could help construct new nesting boxes to replace badly damaged existing ones.…
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Taking a Bite Out of Food Waste

To reduce cafeteria food waste at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Mass., Jack Rodgers and Joseph Fisher, environmental science and technology students, have developed a composting system incorporating black soldier fly larvae. The feeding larvae rapidly decompose food waste. The two earned gold in the national Community Action Project contest for their…
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Here comes the bride, all dressed in … toilet paper?

Cosmetology students at Calhoun County Career Technical Center in Jacksonville, Ala., participated in a team-building exercise involving designing and constructing wedding dresses from toilet paper — a total of six rolls of the ignoble tissue. Teams of four or five created six dresses, and in the process they identified their personal strengths and weaknesses, such…
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Sharing a difficult story

Learning that human sex trafficking was taking place around Fort Worth, Texas, students in the video production class at Southwest High School used their technical skills to tell the story. With input from Traffick911 — a local nonprofit that runs Triumph House, a ranch for victims — students created a video news program to raise…
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