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Chariho students win big at SkillsUSA

April 15, 2011

WOOD RIVER JCT. – SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA prepares America's high performance workers.

It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work.

SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. Its programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. The programs also help to establish industry standards for job-skill training in the classroom.

At the recently held state awards ceremony held at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, 12 Chariho students received medals in their respective competitions. Five of them will be going on to the National Leadership and Competition Championships in Kansas City, Mo., from June 19 to 25.

The administration, teachers, and staff would like to congratulate all of those who competed. They would also like to wish the students going on to Nationals, “Good luck, represent Rhode Island the way a Chariho student knows how.”

The group will be holding a fundraiser, a Touch-A-Truck Day, on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chariho Regional School District's Career and Technical Center's campus. It's located on 455 Switch Road in Richmond.

The cost for the fundraiser is $4 per person, which allows each participant to climb, touch, and talk to all the commercial vehicles in attendance. It's expected that more than 20 vehicles will be on site that day, with lunch being sold by the Culinary Arts students, free face painting, and other free surprises. For more information on this event, call 315-2862.

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