SkillsUSA Members Serve Local Community

SkillsUSA Members Serve Local Community

Recently, six members of the Coahoma Community College SkillsUSA student organization, along with the group’s coordinator, Shelia Sanders, broke away from their Wednesday routine to serve the local community as model champions at work. At the Care Station, they assisted owner Charles Estes and other aides with duties.

SkillsUSA Members Serve Local Community

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Nov 11, 2019

Recently, six members of the Coahoma Community College SkillsUSA student organization, along with the group’s coordinator, Shelia Sanders, broke away from their Wednesday routine to serve the local community as model champions at work. At the Care Station, they assisted owner Charles Estes and other aides with duties. 

“By volunteering, our students become responsible and respectful members of the SkillsUSA organization and in the community,” said Sanders.  “It helps our SkillsUSA students to use their occupational and leadership skills in the community.”

Their acts of kindness included preparing several snack bags of popcorn and bundling up packaged foods that the Clarksdale soup kitchen gives out on Fridays. The team also took on the tasks of washing dishes, taking out the garbage, and lifting heavy pans. They received a hands-on lesson in showing compassion and empathy toward others’ needs. 

The experience gave students a sense of purpose and involved them in teamwork, Sanders added.

Anne Clark, the dean of Career and Technical Education, says the service activity promoted personal, social, and intellectual development, as well as civic responsibility and career exploration.

 “This project gives the students a sense of pride and identity,” Clark says. “The better the students feel about themselves, the more likely they are to have a positive view of life and future goals.” 

“Community service projects develop students’ community awareness and help them integrate into the local communities,” she added.

Estes, the owner of the meal center, has asked the students to return to aid in Thanksgiving preparations.

SkillsUSA seeks to offer students the chance to hone their skills in Career-Tech fields with educational programs. In-state and national competitions, they are able to put those skills to the test. The student members also get involved in community service projects and become more active on campus.

To learn more about SkillsUSA, contact advisor Sheila D. Sanders at (662)621-4192, or visit the SkillsUSA website at www.skillsusa.org.