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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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Honoring Those Who’ve Served

“Heart for Heroes” at York (Pa.) County School of Technology honored men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Students Susana Marte, who has enlisted in the Air Force, Anisa Diaczun and Kaitlyn Lunger developed and presented the event, which included appearances by the honor guard of the school’s protective services program…
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He Fosters Dignity Among Kids

In 2012, Alex St. Pierre and his mother started an organization to provide backpacks to foster children in transition. Known as Bags of Dignity, it collects these backpacks and fills them with personal items. As a member of a host family, St. Pierre was inspired to take action after watching foster children arrive with what…
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New Life Comes to a Cemetery Once Neglected

After finding a grave marker in the trash at a South Jordan, Utah, cemetery, Stephanie Jencks was moved to restore respect to the plots. For a Girl Scout project, Jencks began by researching cemetery records. Unable to find plot identifications, she decided to make headstones that read “Unknown but Loved.” Jencks, Bingham High School’s SkillsUSA…
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