Schenck Job Corp Students Team Up With Project Linus
Schenck students and staff members joined forces with Project Linus to make blankets for children in need. (Courtesy photo)
“When you think you have hard times; well, think that other people have it even harder.”
This comment was made by Derek Becker, one of the many students from Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) who joined forces with Project Linus on a recent community service project. For this project, Schenck students and staff members made several blankets for children in need.
Project Linus is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing comforting blankets to children in crisis. The blankets are given to offer love, warmth, comfort, and a sense of security to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Blankets are made by volunteers and then distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and several other locations where children are in great need.
Project Linus was founded in 1996 by Karen Louck-Baker and started by providing blankets to children with cancer. Now, Project Linus has chapters in all 50 states. The local chapter, Carolina Mountains, was founded in Hendersonville in 1999. Since then, more than 40,000 blankets have been given to children in need.
In Transylvania County, blankets have been provided to children who are ill, to the Department of Social Services, the Red Cross, the Children’s Center, SAFE, and the Haven.
For this particular project, two departments from Schenck Job Corps CCC took part in the project, and approximately 28 students got involved. Bailey Anderegg, the arts and crafts teacher at Schenck Job Corps CCC, led one group of volunteers. Another group was led by Donna McCulloch, Schenck math teacher. The project led by McCulloch was part of a social skills group in her classroom.
McCulloch said: “No matter what struggles we may be going through, there is always someone who may have it worse and need our help.”
This point was stressed while the students worked on the blankets. First, they talked about several difficult situations that they’ve had to deal with. Then they also discussed how this was a great opportunity to give back to someone who is going through similar problems or even more difficult times.
Becker was just one student who was very inspired by this project. He believes that more people should get involved in Project Linus.
“Children are our future, so give a helping hand,” said Becker.
Pat Crawford, the Transylvania County Coordinator of Project Linus, was very enthusiastic about teaming up with Schenck Job Corps CCC on this project.
“I’m always excited when young people get involved in these projects because young people are helping other young people,” said Crawford.
The Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the National Forests of North Carolina and currently serves 224 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. Job Corps has provided opportunities to more than two million economically disadvantaged young Americans. This voluntary education and job training program offers career technical training, academic, and social skills training to students nationwide.
For more information on Job Corps, visit http://jobcorps.gov, and for specific information on Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, visit http://schenck. jobcorps.gov.
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.
(Allen is liaison specialist for Schenck.)