"We will have clothing for all ages and sizes, toys, household items, shoes, books, Girl Scout cookies and much more. The items were donated by teachers at the center and members of the community," said Cleveland Career Development and Technical Center Administrative Assistant Shelia Bell.
Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the center's various vocational programs.
"We are trying to raise money for the upcoming year so that we will be able to send our students to various competitions. We want to get a jumpstart for next year," said Bell.
"We have multiple programs that are in need of funding such as Health Occupational Students of America, Skills USA, DECA, Future Educators Association, Family Career and Community Leaders of America and Future Farmers of America. Students who participate in these organizations attend local, state and national competitions or conferences," she added.
Bell said the center works hard to ensure that the students are able to take part in the competitions and conferences but it can be a little expensive.
"Travel expenses usually cost around $500 and this does not include food expenses. We spend roughly $1,000 per trip for each program. It is a bit expensive for them to go to various conferences and participate in competitions," continued Bell.
Bell said she believes it is important for the students to attend various competitions and conferences because this gives them the opportunity to learn more about their educational or career interests.
"They get a chance to meet new people who are also studying in the field that they have chosen. This allows them to expand upon their educational horizons even after they leave the career center," she added.
According to the Mississippi Department of Education, Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, helps to train a qualified workforce for today’s competitive job market.
The Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development program encompasses research-based programs that meet national and/or accredited standards.
They also constantly evolve in response to changing workforce needs.
The program often partners with local business leaders and legislators to achieve common goals.
"We want everyone to come out and support our students because the economy is not good right now and we want to try our best to keep our students from having to come out of their pockets for expenses," said Bell.
"In the past, our students have sold snacks or received donations from various sponsors in the community. This year we were trying to do something a little different by having a Spring Rummage Sale," she added.
“We have also been receiving donations from individuals in the community to offset the cost of the trips," continued Bell.
She said the center does not have a specific goal.
"We have not set a goal for the amount of money that we intend to raise. Every little bit counts because any amount will help fund our students' trips, said Bell.
"As of now, we do not have anymore fundraisers set for this school year but we do plan to host more fundraisers when the children return from summer vacation," she added.
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