SkillsUSA Champions Fall 2011 : Page 24

spotlight A GIFT To Show ASSAuLT vICTImS Someone CAreS killsUSA members at Clearfield (Pa.) County Career and Technology Center help a local rape crisis center offer “care kits.” When victims arrive at the hospital after an assault, their clothes are kept as police evidence, so the kits provide replacement clothing and toiletries. Felicity Cowfer, Renee Fisch and Cierra Gillingham organized a benefit dance for the crisis center and raised more than $235 to buy clothing for the care kits. Students also collected toiletry items at the dance and placed collection cans with informa-tion about the center at area businesses. S Rolling for dough A • t their school’s 23rd annual bowl-a-thon, students at Calvert County Career and Technology Academy in Prince Frederick, Md., brought in a grand total of $10,000 to cover (From left) students Ashley Slaughter, SkillsUSA travel expenses. At Johanna Buchanna, Keyonta Brown, these events, each lane costs Aislynn Barnes and Camille Link enjoy their $150 for two hours of bowl school’s traditional bowl-a-thon. time. In addition, bowlers who register for the day’s events can win door prizes ranging from bottles of wine to gift certificates at local restaurants. Participants who get a strike in a lane with a red-topped pin also win $5 and a free bowling game. • Annual projects remember 9/11 Each year, students at Tulsa (Okla.) Technology Center’s Lemley Campus construct tribute walls to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Accord-ing to masonry instructor Chauncey even the male students signed up for pink hair extensions during etowah high’s fundraiser to help eradicate breast cancer. Kila, the students return to school in August and have until Sept. 11 to complete their project. Because Kila has one morning and one evening class of beginner students, each works on its own project, resulting in two tribute walls. “I tell my students that one way to be successful in life is to be committed to your job. I use the 9/11 event as an example,” Kila says. “When people were rushing to get out of the towers, firefighters and policemen were rushing to go in, because they were committed to saving lives even if it cost them their own.” Pink hair for a cause To benefit their county breast cancer foundation, cosmetology students at Etowah High School in Attalla, Ala., offered pink hair extensions for $3 each. SkillsUSA members, teaming with the school’s other career and technical student organizations (who held separate fundraisers), collectively raised $437. • • 24 SkillsUSA Champions Fall 2011

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