Thursday, October 30, 2014

YMCA Hargis Retreat Pumpkin Patch, Chelsea, AL

Work Instruction students gained valuable experience by learning to set-up and take-down for a large event, interact with and aid the public, the importance of being responsible, and working as a group at the YMCA Hargis Retreat. Over the course of 5 days, Chelsea, Shelby County, Vincent, and Helena High School students fulfilled their goals of a successful and enjoyable "Pumpkin Patch" adventure for over 2,000 parents and children.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vincent Gardens, Vincent, AL

Students from Vincent High School will be learning horticulture skills at Vincent Gardens

Vincent gardens has taken our program under their wing and wants to teach meaningful and applicable skills to our students. Those students who like to work with their hands and work outdoors are learning about caring for a variety of plant types, bee keeping, and all the responsibilities that come from being employed in a small business environment.

Fire Station - Helena, AL


We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Helena Fire Department. This is an invaluable experience for our students that have expressed an interest in becoming a fire fighter and joining the Explorer Program.

Alabama Food Solutions, Childersburg, AL

Students from Vincent High School helped distribute food to 325 needy families at Alabama Food Solutions. At this site, students learn to properly load boxes, stack them safely onto carts, transport to and unload into the customer's vehicles. Experience like this allows students to learn responsibility, working with the public and the value of service the community.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YMCA Hargis Pumpkin Patch, Chelsea, AL

Students from Chelsea and Shelby County High Schools spend many hours in "site-setup" preparing for children to attend the annual Halloween "Pumpkin Patch" at the YMCA Hargis Retreat. Students learned the importance of handling fragile merchandise, organization techniques, taking directions, and the value of hard work and diligence to "get the job done" by unloading thousands of pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch event. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Construction Education Foundation - Birmingham, AL

Students from Helena, Chelsea, and Oak Mountain High Schools toured the Construction Education Foundation of Alabama and learned about the Skill Trade Scholarship being offered to high school seniors.

Alabama Food Solutions,Childersburg, AL

Students from Vincent High School received community service and work experience hours by assembling boxes of food and taking them to cars at the Childersburg, Alabama, distribution center for Alabama Food Solutions. There are currently over 350 families receiving food assistance.

Putting groceries in boxes and loading into cars.

Heart of Dixie Railroad Station - Calera, AL

Students from Shelby County High School helped with the annual October Pumpkin Patch at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Station. They get experience working with "bosses" and the public at this month long event. In site preparation, students work with their hands by setting up tents, building a burlap and cornstalk maze, and decorate the train cars for the seasonal visitors. Every Thursday in October, our students will supervise and operate various activity stations in the park for the visiting children.
Building the maze

Setting up tents

Setting up tents