Career & Tech students receive $24K Lowe’s/SkillsUSA Community Rebuilding Grant to fund their repairs to storm-damaged Schoharie parks, cemetery
Schoharie Mayor Borst: “The Red Coats are coming!”
Career & Tech students and staff received a giant check for a giant cause on April 17 at the school’s Schoharie campus, when New York State SkillsUSA Coordinator Bruce Potter presented them with a $24,000 Lowe’s/SkillsUSA Community Rebuilding Grant for use in repairing two Schoharie County parks and a cemetery damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee.
“We are proud to present the SkillsUSA/Lowe’s Community Rebuilding Grant to the students here today,” Potter said during a brief ceremony. “Theirs was one of just two schools that were awarded grants from more than 100 applicants nationwide. These students show commitment to their school and their community.” SkillsUSA is a national organization of career and technical education students.
Students from several classes from the Career & Technical School’s Schoharie and Albany campuses are involved in making repairs and improvements to Lasell Park and Fox Creek Park in Schoharie and Sloansville Valley Cemetery in Sloansville. The classes include Building Trades, Carpentry Services, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Technology, Residential/ Commercial Construction & Heavy Equipment Operation, and Welding & Metal Fabrication.
At Lasell Park, the students will demolish an old structure and are building a new 60’ x 20’ pavilion, repairing roads, and building and installing new picnic tables, benches and grills. For Fox Creek Park, the students are building a new sign, picnic tables and benches. For Sloansville Valley Cemetery, they are building an 8’ x 12’ maintenance supply storage shed. Criminal Justice students are assisting with safety, security and traffic control, while the Culinary Arts classes are providing refreshments.
“It was such a good feeling to receive the grant from a small school such as ours,” said Dallas Mesick, a Schoharie Career & Tech Criminal Justice student from Duanesburg who also serves as New York State SkillsUSA president. “You hear a lot these days about how kids in this generation don’t work and that they don’t care, well you should come down here, because we have a lot of people who do. We’ve got a pretty good group of kids right here.”
“When we do things here, we do them right,” added David Zafonte, Criminal Justice teacher and a SkillsUSA advisor at Schoharie Career & Tech. “When we applied for the grant, the students talked about what the project means to them and their community, and you can see that Lowe’s agreed with them.”
“The students here are the boots on the ground. They are young people who are making a difference in our community,” said Schoharie Mayor John Borst [pictured in photo at right]. Looking toward the students dressed in crimson SkillsUSA blazers, Borst told the crowd, “It’s not a coincidence they are carrying out this work at the same time as the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Schoharie Valley, because again, ‘the Red Coats are coming!’”
In announcing the grant earlier this year, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Chairman Marshall Croom said, “The grant in Schoharie represents Lowe’s commitment to career and technical education. By supporting schools like Capital Region BOCES, we believe we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees by helping provide improved learning environments and building stronger communities.”
SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 3,800 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. Visit www.skillsusa.org.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2010, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Visit www.Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility .
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Capital Region Career & Technical School students and SkillsUSA officers Dallas Mesick of Duanesburg and Anna Bryant of Richmondville display a $24,000 Lowe's/SkillsUSA grant check awarded to their school for student work to repair two Schoharie County parks and a cemetery damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Behind them is a maintenance shed their fellow students built for Sloansville Cemetery. Mesick and Bryant are Career & Tech Schoharie Campus SkillsUSA chapter presidents; Mesick also serves as New York State SkillsUSA president.
BOCES District Superintendent Charles Dedrick receives a $24,000 Lowe's/SkillsUSA grant check from Bruce Potter, New York State SkillsUSA coordinator, on behalf of students at both Career & Technical School campuses, who'll use the money to repair two Schoharie County parks and a cemetery damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Behind them is a maintenance shed students built for Sloansville Cemetery. At Lasell Park, the students will demolish an old structure and are building a new 60’ x 20’ pavilion, repairing roads, and building and installing new picnic tables, benches and grills. For Fox Creek Park, the students are building a new sign, picnic tables and benches.
Check out local media coverage of the event via the links below:
Schoharie school receives check for $24K (WNYT Newschannel 13, 4/17/12)
Schools receive grant (YNN TV news, 4/17/12)