Area Technical School SkillsUSA Chapter Rolls Up Their Sleeves for Habitat for Humanity

SkillsUSANovember 4, 2013

As part of a community service effort, a group of 15 students from the Jefferson College Area Technical School SkillsUSA chapter recently volunteered their time to work with Habitat for Humanity on a home rehabilitation/construction project in De Soto.

Habitat for HumanityATS student volunteers from De Soto, Festus, Fox, Grandview, Hillsboro, Jefferson R-7, Seckman, and Windsor High School, along with instructors/chapter advisors Steve Berkel and Glenn Coats, rolled up their sleeves to work on the day-long Habitat project. They helped level out the yard, laid sod, spread rock for a driveway, painted baseboard trim, and installed an attached shed.

It was the first Habitat for Humanity project for the Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA chapter; however, they plan to continue similar renovation projects throughout the year.

"I participated in Habitat for Humanity because it was for a good cause," said Abby Zohner, a student from the Fox School district.

"It was a wonderful experience," added Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA Advisor Steve Berkel. "I really liked seeing the yard look terrible when we got there and it being complete when we left. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment."

"Laying the sod for the yard was the hardest thing we did for the house," said Colton Shearin-Anderson, a student at Seckman High School.

Habitat for HumanityThe mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,900 students compete in 98 occupational and leadership skill areas.

More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 335,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.2 million members since its founding in 1965.

The funding that the Jefferson College ATS SkillsUSA chapter receives comes from a wide variety of fundraising and other activities suggested by members and advisors.