Thanksgiving in a Box brings cheer
by Paisley Boston
Nov 24, 2013 | 1788 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sugar, spice and everything nice sit in boxes at the Cleveland Career Development and Technology Center.

Seventy-seven students at the Vocational Center have put together boxes to deliver to various families in Cleveland.

The project is called "Thanksgiving in a Box" and according to Student Services Coordinator Equonda Jackson, students have been participating in this project for over six years.

Students were allotted the opportunity to participate in real life experiences such as budgeting and price shopping to honor individuals who provided assistance to them.

"We did this to show our appreciation for the people who do so much for us and provide for us. We are giving the boxes to some of our bus drivers, custodians and maintenance workers. There is not much that we can do but we did try to do something for them," said Vocational Tech student Keveon Taylor.

The students donated money for the project and set a budget based on the total amount that was raised.

They got the opportunity to go out to various grocery stores to price the items on Monday and they purchased them on Wednesday.

"We have potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkeys, sugar, flour and just about anything else that is probably needed to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. We had so much fun doing this project," said random students as they were interviewed about their project.

"We usually do one project in the fall and one project on the spring. As of now, we do not know what our spring project is—the students pretty much vote and decide what they want to do for the spring project," said Jackson.

According to Jackson the students really enjoyed doing this project.

They were able to plan the meal and choose the stores that they wanted to use to purchase the items.

"We used Vowells, Kroger and Wal-Mart. We look at the sales paper and find items that the various places would allow us to match. Vowells is very, very helpful with our project. We try to spread it around," added Jackson.

The Cleveland Vocational Technical Complex School provides students with the skills needed to perform a particular job.

Traditionally, vocational schools have not existed to further education in the area of liberal arts, but rather to teach only job-specific skills, and as such have been better considered to be institutions devoted to training, and not liberal arts education.