Cosmetology Students Hold Cut-A-Thons for Various Charities (Charitable Curriculum)


2014-03-28 COS Cut-A-ThonEarlier, we discussed how the Automotive Collision Technology program is detailing cars for $5 and donating the proceeds to Reach Out Worldwide. This was the first in a series of stories about the charitable efforts of Cumberland Perry AVTS' students; on April 10, the Cosmetology program will be holding a cut-a-thon fundraiser which will support the American Cancer Society.

As mentioned in the previous article, all 22 CPAVTS programs have been tasked with deciding on a charity to sponsor and a fundraiser to hold. For the Cosmetology students, they simply decided to do what they've always done: Host a series of cut-a-thons, each donating the proceeds to a different charity organization.

Principal Diane Franklin said school officials decided to coordinate the activities as a way of driving home the importance of community service. “Performing community service work is a great way to increase students’ awareness of opportunities to serve without pay or recognition,’’ Franklin said. “Students learn that being part of a community is not just the place you work but it is about helping others through many different avenues. We hope that by providing opportunities for service we are instilling a lifelong habit of serving others.’’

Cosmetology instructor Christine Franklin said the fundraisers benefit all involved. “In addition to helping charity, these cut-a-thons also teach the students how to market themselves as stylist,’’ she said. “When they meet customers coming for the cut-a-thon, students have the opportunity to build a relationship with the goal of having a base of customers by the time they graduate.’’

Groups of students pick out the charity for the cut-a-thon and then take care of contacting the organization and getting the word out. The Autism Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Humane Society are among the charities that have benefitted this year from cut-a-thons.

Several of the students who organized the upcoming event said they felt a personal connection to the cause because members of their family had battled cancer. “I’ve lost friends and family to cancer,’’ said student Morgan Landis. “The American Cancer Society is an organization that needs help.’’


The Cut-A-Thon benefitting the American Cancer Society will be held on Thursday, April 10, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. There is a minimum $5 donation requested for all hair cuts. Baked goods will be sold during the event, and there will also be a raffle held for a basket of beauty products. Appointments must be made a day in advance, as there is limited space and time, and may be made by calling (717) 697-0354 Ext. 134.


Automotive Collision Students Detail Cars for Charity (Charitable Curriculum)

2014-03-28 AUTO-C Detailing FundraiserWhat happens when high school students are asked to think up a fundraising idea? They get creative, and they put the skills they've been learning to good use.

Every program at Cumberland Perry AVTS has been tasked with deciding on a charity to donate to and a fundraiser to generate money to donate For it's part, the Automotive Collision Technology program decided on detailing vehicles for a $5 donation--that's a full wash, vaccuum, and window cleaning for $5, and all proceeds go to benefit Paul Walker's Reach Out Worldwide, an organization dedicated to providing relief efforts in times of disaster.

Reach Out Worldwide takes individuals with a "first responder skillset" (those working in logistics, heavy equipment operation, healthcare, and other related fields) and sends them to use their expertise in helping those whose lives and homes have been devastated by natural disasters.

Every Friday from March 28 through May 23 (excluding Good Friday, April 18), Automotive Collision students are accepting cars to detail. It's the perfect time to give your car a spring cleaning while helping people in need!


A short video of students detailing vehicles--They were moving around so busily it was difficult to find a good time to record!


New Employee Spotlight-Jason Fogleman, Precision Machine Technology Instructor

03-26-14 Jason Fogleman Interview

Jason Fogleman has been settling into his position as Precision Machine Technology instructor for a few months now, and CPAVTS is thrilled to have him on board. In a previous interview with Nancy Reitzel, we asked a few questions regarding her time at Cumberland Perry AVTS; now, Mr. Fogleman shares his own responses:

What were you doing before you came to Cumberland Perry?

"I was working in a mechanic shop, programming, setting up, and mentoring new employees."

What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?

"There seems to be a lack of new people in the trade, and there's a definite age gap--most of the people [working in the field] are in their fifties and sixties. If we don't get new people in the profession, what happens then? If I don't help get new people into the field, I'll be the only one doing my job!"

Is there anything specifically you're seeking to teach your students?

"Basically the trade. It seems employers want students to know CNC [Computerized Numerical Control] right out of school, so it's important that I stress CNC while they're here."

What has been your favorite thing about working as the Precision Machine Technology instructor so far?

"I'd say getting to know the students and figuring out the best way to teach them. Everyone learns at a different pace and from different techniques."

Thank you to Mr. Fogleman for answering some questions! We hope he will be with us for many months and years down the road!

A New Curriculum Teaches Key Lessons while Making a Difference

2014-03-11 LOG Firstbook 1When Joe Knouse, instructor for Cumberland Perry AVTS’s Logistics and Warehousing program, learned about Firstbook, he didn’t hesitate to get on board. Not only does the program provide some key components for his students’ training, it also goes toward a good cause.

Firstbook is a nonprofit organization created in 1992 by Kyle Zimmer. During its 21 years serving underprivileged students across the U.S. and Canada, Firstbook has distributed over 100 million books to 90,000 schools and programs. However, the program wouldn’t have gotten this far without its many supporters willing to lend a hand.

“Their goal is to distribute free books to children in need,” Knouse said. “They have a small office in Washington, D.C. They don’t have a warehouse, they send the books to school warehousing programs willing to store and ship them for free.”

Programs like the Logistics programs at CPAVTS provide a necessary component to Firstbook’s success, but in return they receive valuable experiences to add to their post-graduation resumes. Students learn how to inventory, measure the size of the books, label the shipments correctly, pull orders from the shelves, and ship them to their destinations. “There’s only so much you can learn through simulation,” Knouse said. “And this program will teach students how to actually carry out an order from receiving it in the warehouse to shipping it through UPS.”

For the moment, Knouse’s students are supporting underprivileged children in the West Perry elementary school with this first shipment; in the future, they plan to work with Harrisburg schools, some of which have a dire need for these reading materials.

“We wanted to partner with the Mechanicsburg library as well, but this shipment didn’t fit the [Firstbook] program parameters. There are specific guidelines concerning who can receive books, and they need to go to children in need,” Mr. Knouse said.

Firstbook’s goal is to eradicate illiteracy in North America. As a result, their books are donated to children who receive free or reduced lunches at school; children who meet HHS, state, or federal poverty guidelines; students who have disabilities; or children who meet a variety of other factors that could impact their access to books. To ensure that Firstbook is able to verify eligibility, registration is done through schools, churches, or other programs instead of through individual parents and families.

Visit Firstbook’s website at for more information on donating, volunteering, fundraising, receiving books, or on the organization itself.

Program Spotlight - Diesel Technology

Program Spotlight – Diesel Technology

Cody Barrick and Tom Wolfe are CPAVTS’ Diesel Technology instructors. Mr. Barrick teaches 1st year students while Mr. Wolfe instructs students in their 2nd and 3rd years in the program. Mr. Barrick is a graduate of CPAVTS and a former student of Mr. Wolfe! While a student here, he worked for Keen Transport through the cooperative education program. After graduation, Mr. Barrick attended The Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he received his Associate’s Degree in Diesel Technology. Mr. Barrick continued working for Keen and was promoted to foreman before coming back to CPAVTS as an instructor. He is in his second year as an instructor and has 10 years’ worth of experience as a truck mechanic.   Mr. Wolfe earned a certificate in Diesel Mechanics at Williamsport Area Community College and has worked as a truck and trailer mechanic, shop foreman, and manager. He is an ASE certified Master Truck Technician and Master Truck Equipment Technician and holds an advanced electronic engine diagnostics certification.

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