CTE Human Services students raise $ 3,000 for nonprofit organizations
MOUNT MORRIS – Three thousand chocolate bars equals $ 3,000. That’s how much social service students at the Mount Morris Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center raised this school year for nonprofits in the area.
During this school year, the 17 students in this program sold treats to other students, staff and instructors at the Mount Morris CTE Center, as well as their family and friends and other students in their home school. With Marcia Underwood, Social Service students searched for nonprofit organizations focused on human service or agencies that serve those in need.
The students voted and the recipients of this year’s fundraising efforts are The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park, also known as the ANT Project; the Junior League of Rochester and Livingston and Wyoming Counties Social Services for diaper drives; and also, Teresa House and Suzanne’s Comfort Care, local hospice / comfort homes.
Kayleigh Camacho is a social services student from Dansville CS. She explained that this fundraiser was a learning experience.
“We started raising funds in October. It was a great success. This is one of the most amazing projects I have ever done and to know that we are doing something good for others is so good, ”Kayleigh said.
“Marcia Underwood and social service students have supported The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park for several years. This most recent effort to raise funds to close the project’s budget gap has been greatly appreciated, and their resounding success is a tribute to their hard work and commitment to making nature accessible to all park visitors. State No. 1 in the country, ”said Loren Penman, co-chair of the ANT project.
This candy sale fundraising project is not new to this program or to the students. Past fundraisers have funded the purchase of music-loaded iPods, then presented to residents at the local nursing home.
Homes, as well as donations to various non-profit organizations. This year’s project is the most successful student fundraiser ever.
“This project is what I call a ‘win-win’,” Underwood said. “As part of our program, my students learn about local human service organizations and the importance of giving back to their communities. This project also teaches students organizational skills such as budgeting, keeping an inventory of candy bars and counting money received. I am so proud of all these students and their efforts.
The Human Services program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in the diverse field of human services. Through hands-on work experiences, students develop the high-level skills needed to interact with people of all ages in a variety of environments such as classrooms, daycares, and social service agencies. For two years, students study human growth and development from birth to adulthood.
The 2020-21 Human Services students are:
- Taylor Campbell, Warsaw
- Tainairis Garcia Rodriguez, Geneseo
- Destiny Dailey, Geneseo
- Julia Calderon-Diaz, Avon
- Kendall Covell, Perry
- Samantha Mandell, Livonia
- JoJo Dodge, Warsaw
- Kayleigh Camacho, Dansville
- Kearstin Scharet, Keshequa
- Zackary Smith, Dansville
- Destin Woodworth, Dansville
- Mackensie Brown, Dansville
- Kyrstin Fierle, Dansville
- Alexis Pratt, Livonia
- Haile Simzer, Livonia
- Hayleigh Bane, Keshequa