SkillsUSA students provide community service during competition

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STUDENTS VOLUNTEER TO HELP PREPARE CAMP TA-KUM-TA FOR CHILDREN -- The SkillsUSA organization revolves around the goals of professional development, public relations, employment practices, championship participation, social activities and community service. While attending the recent Skills and Leadership Conference in Burlington April 3-4, students from North Country Career Center (NCCC), St. Johnsbury Academy (SJA), Southwest Vermont Career and Development Center (SVCDC), and Northwest Technical Center (NTC) took the community service commitment to heart and spent time working at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero, Vt., cleaning the grounds and buildings in preparation for the campers scheduled to arrive soon. The camp is specifically for children with cancer and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014. Ted Kessler, the founder and director of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, took time to meet with the students and spoke about the camp's history, the wide range of year-round activities and special events, and how and more importantly why, a compassionate and committed staff return year after year to work with children and their families. His enthusiasm and emotion inspired the students to do a lot of work in a short time! Above, volunteers include: from left, Paige Gagnon (NCCC), Derrick Fannuci (SJA), Lindsey Gaboriault (NCCC), Danielle Therrien (NCCC), Mariah Hill (NCCC), Sara Ferorelli (NCCC), Marisa Faller (SVCDC), Brianna Hawksworth (NCCC), Stephanie Swett (NCCC), and Joshua Scheffler (SVCDC).

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