For three students enrolled at Fairfield Career Center, the idea to provide blankets for foster care children led to an extensive community service project that involved the entire school. Three juniors in the Pre-Nursing program led a school-wide fundraiser to purchase materials to have students in each career-technical program make blankets for foster care children. It also served as a community service project for SkillsUSA, one of the district’s career-technical student organizations.
Karaline Briedenbaugh (Amanda-Clearcreek), Callista Hedderick (Pickerington North), Mackenzie Hughes (Bloom Carroll) were the three students who provided leadership for the project. The three raised funds to purchase materials to make the blankets during the early part of January, while members of the student body gathered in their career-technical labs on January 23, 2020, to make the blankets to be donated to foster children.
“Wal-Mart graciously donated a gift of $75.00 to what our campus raised, which was $274.00,” said Hedderick. “This helped us to provide even more children with a personal item that belongs only to them.”
The material was purchased and distributed to the career-technical labs at Fairfield Career Center for the entire student body to make blankets to donate to area foster homes to provide to the children in their care. The project’s overall goal was not only to provide the blankets to the children in foster care but also to raise awareness in the community of the greater needs of foster care children.
“These blankets will hopefully provide a sense of security for those children who are in foster care and who are sometimes moved from location-to-location without any personal belongings to take with them,” said Tricia Whitney, MSN, R.N., a pre-nursing instructor at Fairfield Career Center.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number reached this year is more than 360,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.9 million members since its founding in 1965. In Ohio, more than 29,000 students and instructors join annually.