With Community Help, SkillsUSA Team Donates 51 Jared Boxes to Geisinger | News, Sports, Jobs

SUPPLIED PHOTO Kurt Yap, Rachel Glossner and Yvonne Jordan are pictured with the supplies that would fill 51 Jared boxes.

MILL HALL – SkillsUSA is a program that involves the partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives who work together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students can demonstrate their professional and leadership skills.

Central Mountain High School students Kurt Yap, Rachel Glossner and Yvonne Jordan led SkillsUSA’s community service team with their Jared Box project this year. A Jared Box is a shoe-sized plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, crayons, coloring books and fun activities given to children in the hospital to provide a memorable and fun diversion.

These three students were able to create 51 Jared boxes with the help of high school students and the community, which were then donated to the Geisinger located in Danville.

CMHS students were able to donate items used to create the boxes to the high school; donation boxes were placed around the school and announced by supportive teachers. Additionally, a GoFundMe page was created and posted on social media, to which the community donated; a total of $280 was donated.

PHOTO PROVIDED A Jared Box is ready to be shipped to Geisinger Medical Center Danville.

Additionally, Kurt Yap reached out to Walmart, who were kind enough to donate a $50 gift certificate.

The money from the GoFundMe page and the Walmart certificate was used to buy the supplies needed to create the boxes. The remaining money was then donated to the Jared Box project.

Kurt, Rachel and Yvonne will represent their project in the state competition, to be held at Hershey Lodge, April 6-8.

Kurt, Rachel and Yvonne are enrolled in the Health Professions Program at CMHS. The Health Professions program helps students achieve their career goals of working in the health field by educating them on specific topics such as health assisting skills, medical careers, and anatomy. Rachel Glossner, a senior, will attend Bloomsburg University this fall, majoring in nursing. Yvonne Jordan, a senior, will attend Lock Haven University this fall, majoring in nursing. And Kurt Yap is a junior with a career goal of becoming a physician assistant.

Their healthcare professional journey inspired them to create these Jared boxes.

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