Students from the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC) in Monett recently participated in community service projects, which included the traditional SkillsUSA canned food collection and the annual teddy bear drive.
"The results of the community service projects were outstanding," said SWACC Career Services Coordinator Peggy Spurlock.
Students from 14 area sending schools provided canned food items for the drive and then compete by individual trade programs provided at SWACC.
According to Spurlock, students collected a total of 4,989 canned good items. Students enrolled in SWACC's welding technology program won the competition with their contribution of 2,257 canned goods. This marks the fourth year the welding program earned this distinction.
During the teddy bear drive, 812 teddy bears and stuffed animals were collected by students. SWACC health occupation students will be delivering the new teddy bears to nursing homes around the area. The previously loved stuffed animals are also available for adoption at Crosslines in Monett.
In addition, JROTC members enrolled at SWACC sponsored a Cell Phones for Soldiers drive and collected 160 used cell phones, which will be recycled and used to purchase $800 worth of calling cards for soldiers.
SWACC's 14 sending schools include: Aurora, Billings, Cassville, Crane, Exeter, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, Purdy, Southwest, Verona and Wheaton.
Each year a drawing is held after the competition to determine which school district will receive the canned goods.
|"The friendly competition on campus has proven to be a success and will help many families in the next few weeks," said Spurlock.||This year Southwest and Purdy High Schools were the recipients of the canned goods, which will be distributed by students within those communities.|