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SCVTHS Students Conduct Community Service Projects for American Spirit Contest

SCVTHS Students Conduct Community Service Projects

 

BRIDGEWATER – As part of their American Spirit SkillsUSA project, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Academy for Health & Medical Sciences freshman Aarush Kumar of Hillsborough, Milan Patel of Franklin Park and Jiya Mody of Martinsville coordinated multiple community service projects.  At the end of March, the students will present the work they’ve done in the community at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships in the American Spirit contest.

The students’ have summarized their projects as:

Promoting Career and Technical Education

On Saturday, February 1st, the students ran a booth promoting career and technical education at their school’s open house in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Also on Monday, January 27th, those three students traveled to Manville Middle school to promote career and technical education.

Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been organizing this event for many weeks.  Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School participate in an organization called SkillsUSA. One of the projects is American Spirit, where numerous people all over the country compete to win. American Spirit consists of three major projects. These are the promotion of patriotism and citizenship, community service, and career and technical education.

For the career and technical education project, the students took a trip to Manville middle school and promote the various career and technical education programs their school contains. They were accompanied by various students they recruited from the different programs at the school who were able to provide the students at the middle school with more information if they were interested in a specific program.

The students also planned and created a new booth at their school’s open house, which took place on Saturday, February 1st, which specifically promoted career and technical education by demonstrating the immense benefits of such an education and also informed the students regarding the different programs at Somerset County Vocational and Technical School and how they have helped students be successful in careers in the past.

After doing an ample amount of research on the various Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that their school has, the students were able to successfully connect with the students and answer various questions during their trip to Manville middle school as well as their school’s open house. They were also able to provide useful advice to 8th graders who were undecided about whether pursuing a CTE program or stay in their district.

Using the research, the students had gathered, the students made a presentation that they shared at their open house. First, they described what a CTE program is, then described the benefits of them. After listing the programs Somerset County Vocational and Technical School has, they asked students what type of program they were interested in and showed specific slides that gave a brief description of the program and the potential professions that graduated students have been able to achieve.

Overall, the students were able to connect with the 8th graders and give them valuable information that will help lead them to their correct path in life. This also helped in the promotion of career and technical education.

 

Rehab at River’s Edge

On Friday, January 19th, three students at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School organized a fun afternoon for residents at the Rehab at River’s Edge.

Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been working to organize the event as a part of American Spirit, which is a project requiring the completion of three projects, each promoting patriotism and citizenship, community service, and career and technical education. American Spirit is a competition in SkillsUSA, which Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School is highly involved in.

First, the students gave the residents a description of the activities they had planned. The first activity was to create vision boards of what they wanted to accomplish or what their goals were.  The students explained what vision boards were and how to make a vision board and also listed some examples of goals including doing more exercise, creating art, going on more walks, meeting new people, and making new friends.

Before the event, the students had done research which showed that when senior citizens have a strong sense of purpose, it causes them to live longer. By helping them create vision boards, the students encouraged them to find a purpose, which would then give them a better and longer quality of life. The students then distributed construction paper, magazines, glue, and craft scissors and worked with the seniors to help them create vision boards.

Next, the students played cup pong with the seniors. The seniors formed two teams and the students set up six medium sized buckets in a triangle formation on each side of the area and partially filled them with water. There were some interesting trick shots over course of the game, and it was exhilarating for the seniors to be a part of such an exciting activity.

Research has shown that playing cup pong helps seniors with their hand-eye coordination, aim, and encourages them to exercise their muscles. At the Rehab at River’s Edge, many elderly people are not very motivated to move and even this simple movement helps to keep them in shape and encourages physical activity. At the end of the game, the students also worked with some of the seniors who had trouble aiming and getting the balls in the bucket to give them tips on how to aim and the best strategies.

Overall, the event was highly beneficial for everyone involved and engaged and intrigued the seniors of the community while also promoting their well-being.

 

Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison, New Jersey

On Saturday, January 8th, three students at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School went to the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison, New Jersey.

Jiya Mody, Aarush Kumar, and Milan Patel have been working to organize the outreach event for a while. Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School is heavily involved with an organization called SkillsUSA. One of the projects which various students from across the country compete in is American Spirit. American Spirit is a project which includes the conducting of three projects each of which promotes either patriotism and citizenship, community service, or career and technical education.

For their patriotism and citizenship project, the students decided to visit a veterans’ home and play bingo as well as other games with them while also interacting with them and talking to them about their experiences serving our country.

The Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home is a government officiated building, meant for American Veterans. The goals of the VA is to honor and serve the military veterans, their spouses, and gold star parents, by providing the highest quality of resident, directed long term care by maintaining excellence in personal treatment and services, and treatment through personal collaboration, innovation, and dedication. The home is open to veterans who were honorably discharged from U.S. war or peacetime services, the veteran’s spouse and parents of members of the military who were killed in action during a period of war.

Through the research the students did, they found out that, typically, veterans who remain socially active through activities such as bingo exhibit better health, happier lives, and have a lower risk of loneliness or depression, lower blood pressure, and stronger immune systems. Connecting with others and making friendships through such social activities also gives seniors something to look forward to.

The students were able to meaningfully connect with many veterans and thank them for their service to the community. They look forward to going back to the veterans’ memorial home soon and giving letters to the veterans thanking them for their service or just volunteering again.

 

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