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Friday, October 05, 2012 11:56 AM

The 14th annual Van Wert County United Way “Day of Caring” was held on Sept. 22. Vantage Career Center is proud to have been part of such a successful day. More than 75 students participated to help make a difference. 
The senior Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Paula Getz, purchased groceries for the Vantage food drive from money collected from the high school programs. In all, more than $1,000 was donated. Students and staff were able to contribute over 3,000 non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army this year.  Providing some much-needed muscle to load and unload the donated food on and off the collection trucks were students from the Vantage Building and Grounds program and their teacher aide, Brenda Wurst.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Nancy Keith and American Studies teacher Tony Unverferth, worked at the Salvation Army Food Drive, helping to unload, sort, count, box and store donated food items from around the county.   
Reesa Rohrs and her senior Health Careers students volunteered their expertise at the bloodmobile held at Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center.  Using what they’ve learned from class and their practical experiences, they performed duties on the bloodmobile floor and in the kitchen and canteen to assist the American Red Cross and insure that things went as smoothly as possible. 
Although Robin Burns and the Culinary Arts class stayed at school, they participated in the day’s activities by preparing delicious chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles) and potato soup for the Red Cross workers and the volunteers at the bloodmobile.
Community service projects provide a real opportunity for students to learn how to work well with others. Being able to give help without expecting anything back in return, is an important lesson in life. 


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