During the months of January and February, Dauphin County Technical School students are especially busy supporting worthy causes. In January, Culinary Arts students participated in a sandwich making contest. After studying a unit on sandwich preparation, all Culinary Arts sophomores and juniors were divided into three teams. Each team was charged with designing and creating a new hot sandwich and a cold sandwich. Students had to cost out the ingredients, price the sandwich, promote and advertise their creations, and fill orders for the sandwiches. All proceeds from sandwich sales were donated to the American Red Cross for aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The team that collected the most money was treated to dinner at Sandwich Man Restaurant.
Several other fundraisers sponsored by various career and technical student organizations raised money for charity. The Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) group ran three fundraisers. $1,000.00 of profits generated in the student- run school store was given to the American Red Cross and earmarked for First Responder Training in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. A DECA sponsored Dress down Day netted $2,000.00 for the ARC of Dauphin County, and over $1,400.00 in cash plus a tractor trailer load of supplies was donated to Love of Lancaster County for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Toms River, New Jersey. Veterinary Assistant students raised $1,550.00, which was given in equal amounts to the Furry Friends Network and Happy Tails Holistic Rescue, Rehabilitation and Sanctuary, while the Future Child Care Leaders of America (FCCLA) club donated their proceeds of over $1600.00 to the March of Dimes. Nice work, students!
In February, the Building Construction Cares team will travel to Swan Quarter, North Carolina to build new construction and repair existing construction for those who lost homes during Hurricane Irene. Eleven students from five different C & T programs, along with teachers and community members, will make this journey by school van, and will complete school assignments based on this real-world learning experience.