Grant career students raise funds for holiday needs

December 20th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

In response to the great need felt by families during the winter holiday season, Grant Career Center’s Student Advisory Council led the charge to raise money to provide meals and necessities during the holidays for families at the Career Center.

The students volunteered to coordinate the school’s efforts to raise money as well as to shop for groceries and gifts, sort food drive contributions and wrap and distribute all the items to the Grant Career Center families in need.

SkillsUSA members set goals for the students and staff and watched as the money began flowing in. Each career and technical program pledged to raise money and to help achieve the goal. The methods were as varied as the programs themselves.

Carpenters could be seen creating toolboxes and ornamental whirligigs for trees as well as selling raffle tickets for Barbeque Rib lunches. Automotive technicians were offering specials on oil changes, alignments and tire rotations.

The Culinary students offered hot chocolate to the students on cold mornings, and the Horticulture students sold flowers by the dozen.

The Metal Fabrication department put their talents to work and created Christmas stocking hangers. The Auto Collision students sold snacks at break time with all proceeds donated to the holiday fund

Other raffles abounded as students received donations from area businesses and parents. VIP parking spots, baskets of hair supplies, and free lunches all drew ticket buyers to try their luck. Cosmetology students and past graduates hosted a Cut-a-Thon and cut and styled hair for cash or canned food donations. They also hosted a Bake Sale during the Cut-a-thon that offered delicious treats all day long. This group of young ladies raised a total of $1,003 and brought in 1,650 cans. It was a monumental effort that involved great planning, sacrificing and a very big heart.

Some classes simply collected money from its students for the privilege of wearing street clothes rather than their uniforms, listening to music while they work, and taking special breaks. The staff also helped out with a special dress down day with the proceeds to benefit the cause.

Students participated in a Penny War, collecting pennies and change for a great cause as well as holding an ice cream social with all donations earmarked for holiday perishable food.

Altogether, staff and students have raised $ 4,376.97 to this point.

The students also held a food drive throughout November to provide food baskets to the families in need. The students responded with a total of 4,226 food items that went to 51 families at the Career Center.
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