Computer Information Students Hold Virtual Paintball Tournament to Aid Children in Need (Charitable Curriculum)
Child's Play is a charity that cooperates with local hospitals to generate wish lists for children and then raise money to buy as many items as possible on the lists. It seems straightforward--but the method used to obtain these funds is anything but ordinary.
Supporters of the charity develop fundraising events centered around gaming of all kinds, from board to video. Participants hold internet telethons during which they hold video game tournaments or game marathons while others organize a themed game night or dinner events. The possibilities are nearly endless, and for the students in CPAVTS' Computer Information Systems program, their idea was to hold a virtual paintball tournament.
The game is a first person shooter style game utilizing maps full of obstacles one might find in a real paintball arena, and those donating could pay one dollar to choose the upgrades being used, which map would be played, and could buy-in to play themselves. In the end, the students raised $81 which they will use to purchase toys and games for children at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.
Although this fundraiser didn't meet the goal instructor Chris Champion set forth, students, such as Taylor Heilman, are hopeful that they will get another opportunity in the future. "This was fun!" she said. "So I definitely hope we can do it again sometime!"
Despite their goal not being met, Mr. Champion's students demonstrated that the methods one might typically associate with fundraising do not need to be the only way to raise money--and that even video games can be put to work for a worthy cause!
A Moment's Rest: Brandon Spalding and Taylor Heilman (pictured above) take some time to demonstrate the virtual paintball program used to benefit Child's Play
Did You Know? (A Glimpse Inside the Welding Program)
Throughout a typical school year, the students in Keith Hammond's Welding program gain knowledge about a variety of techniques, tools, and resources available to them in their field. But maybe you didn't know that part of their lessons involves utilizing this technique:
It's called Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or TIG welding for short), and since it's development in 1953 (a little over 150 years after Humphrey Davy first discovered the electric arc in 1800) it has been used in the production of jet engines, space vehicles, and even everyday objects such as kitchen utensils.
The process is a slow one, but GTAW is preferred in many industries because of its ability to produce high quality items that are also high in cleanliness and hygeine. It's for this reason that hospitals, cafeterias, and hotels use equipment and systems created (at least partially) through TIG welding.
However, these industries are only a glimpse at the types of jobs someone skilled with this technique might be asked to do. Other instances of objects that benefit from GTAW include: gas and oil pipes used on oil rigs; thin tubes used to make bicycles; parts of amusement park roller coasters; and many other objects which require precise welding to glue them together. Additionally, this process is used to repair tools, build up parts of tools such as saw blades and drill bits, and even to seal used nuclear canisters to prepare them for burial.
So the next time you enter your kitchen to find a salad fork or spend a nice, summer day in Hershey Park, remember to thank the welders who made those utensils and roller coasters possible!
Cosmetology Students Hold Cut-A-Thons for Various Charities (Charitable Curriculum)
Earlier, 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)
What 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
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!