Delivering Food

Coahoma CTE Students Participate in Community Service Activity

Recently, a group of Coahoma Career and Technical Education students visited the Care Station in Clarksdale to perform acts of kindness and community service. The activity was part of a week-long SkillsUSA Week celebration.

Coahoma CTE Students Participate in Community Service Activity

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Feb 20, 2019

SkillsUSA students at Care Station

Recently, a group of Coahoma Career and Technical Education students visited the Care Station in Clarksdale to perform acts of kindness and community service. The activity was part of a week-long SkillsUSA Week celebration.

SkillsUSA Week gives state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs and activities at the local and state levels.

During the week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution.

This year, CCC SkillsUSA members particularly wanted to give back to the local community and the Clarksdale Care Station was identified as a well-worth organization to assist.

The Clarksdale Care Station was founded by E’Lane Bobo as a nonprofit organization in 1987. The organization, with the aid of volunteers, delivers meals five days a week to approximately 150-170 needy persons in the Clarksdale area. In addition, walk-ins are fed daily in the facility’s dining room. The goal of the organization is to provide nourishment for the physical and spiritual needs of the Clarksdale area.

While there, the eager Coahoma students assisted in preparing meals, cleaning, and the delivery of meals to needy individuals.

Israel Hollingsworth, a carpentry major from Cleveland, MS was especially moved by volunteering and had no reservations assisting with the effort.

“I was happy to be able to help people who were less fortunate,” said Hollingsworth. “I don’t mind helping people from all walks of life, no matter what their background is.”

Ann Shelton-Clark, Dean of the Division of Career and Technical Education sees SkillsUSA activities like this as great opportunities for Coahoma Community College to build relationships within the community and for CCC students to gain real-world exposure and experience.

“This celebration always illustrates the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Clark. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”

The CCC SkillsUSA organization plans to volunteer their services at the Clarksdale Care Station on a monthly basis. The students will assist the workers with serve food, stocking and cleaning shelves and delivering food to others that are in need.

For more information about Coahoma’s SkillsUSA organization or Division of Career and Technical Education, contact 662-621-4218.