A week-long social media campaign by students at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) has resulted in a $10,000 grant for Jack's Place in Schenectady.
The CTE's Albany Chapter of SkillsUSA combined with the New Visions: Multimedia & Digital Communications program and CTE's communications office to run the campaign from Feb. 7 through Feb. 13 in which CTE faced off against four other schools in the country to see which could secure the most social media interaction with posts about SkillsUSA, CTE and Lowe's.
Lowe's is the corporate sponsor of the contest.
While a school in Florida won the top prize of $25,000, CTE placed second and will collect a $10,000 grant this spring.
"I am very excited and pleased with the grant," said CTE Executive Principal Denise Capece. She is also a SkillsUSA Area III administrator trustee.
The funds will be used to further CTE student activities at Jack's Place. CTE students from numerous programs have been working for more than a year to complete the house, donating their expertise in electrical, heating, construction and other areas to create the home-away-from-home for those who have family members receiving medical treatment at area hospitals.
Future projects will include a garden designed by CTE floral students and Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the house to be installed by Internet Application Design students.
When construction is completed, Jack's Place, located on Rosa Road in Schenectady, will be used as a refuge for families of patients in Ellis Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. It is being funded by the Jack Falvo III Foundation, named in honor of an area man who died in a 2005 watercraft accident.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students that promotes personal and professional growth and offers students the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels. Its members also undertake numerous charitable activities, such as collecting toys and food for the less fortunate.