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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No roping or clowning in this rodeo

Students at Wilkes Community College (WCC) in Wilkesboro, N.C., participated in a bicycle safety rodeo honoring Seth Teague, a local child who died in a bike accident. The event included a children’s safety course on bicycle riding, lessons on the importance of wearing a helmet, maintenance inspections and repairs, and a raffle for 14 bikes.…
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Building Smiles with Legos

Having once stayed at the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, Okla., Rebecca Heiderstadt didn’t hesitate when fellow student Jennifer Taylor asked her to help bring a fun activity to the center. Heiderstadt had suffered an aneurysm at age 11 and spent time there relearning how to walk and talk. Taylor thought up the weeklong…
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A Showcase of Champions

  SkillsUSA Massachusetts gold medalists displayed their brass grandfather clock during Dracut Old Home Day, the community’s largest event, where attendance tops 15,000. Metal fabrication students from Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsboro built the clock for the 2014 state SkillsUSA Championships. Health services students displayed their own project on sports-related concussions, which won…
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Veterans Honored for Service

SkillsUSA members at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy in Elizabeth, N.J., held a luncheon for 20 veterans from the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park. Culinary arts students prepared the meals and presented the vetarans with certificates honoring them for their military service. “The students who participated were proud of the…
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