JEFFERSON — As the third quarter of our school year comes to a close, activities at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus are far from winding down. Actually, students are in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, juggling many activities including the annual spaghetti dinner and the American Red Cross blood drive, all while preparing for state competitions in April.
On Feb. 28, A-Tech hosted the annual spaghetti dinner. The dinner is meaningful to the staff and student body at A-Tech because it is a chance to invite the community into our school and not only show our pride, but also simply to take time and introduce ourselves to community members and spend a minute getting to know the citizens who support us. More than 90 A-Tech students were able to stay after school for the event and assist the culinary department in providing more than 650 dinners! All of the proceeds from this event assist students through the A-Tech Scholarship Fund.
Instructional coordinator Brian Kimmel, who is in charge of the spaghetti dinner, said, “It never ceases to amaze me how many students are willing to donate their time and come back after the school day to help make this event a success. Their attitudes are awesome and they work extremely hard to make sure the dinner is successful.”
A-Tech also held a blood drive on March 6 and 7 in which approximately 216 students signed up to donate blood. Although the American Red Cross officially runs the blood drive, the staff and student body take pride in assisting their team in any way we can. Student assistants for this activity are made up in large part by the junior and senior health care technology students at A-Tech. Many students had to begin their day before 6 a.m. and worked until the school day ended at 2:30 p.m. The blood drive not only gave healthcare students valuable experience, but also contributed a significant number of hours toward their community service requirements. Business technology students also played a large part in making the project a success by scheduling student donation times and providing advertising on campus for the event. A-Tech exceeded its goal, collecting 161 pints of blood, 11 more than projected. Healthcare technology instructors were pleased with the program and the level of professionalism the students displayed.