The Chautauqua Works Career Club at Dunkirk High School recently organized, cooked, and served a holiday dinner to about 50 faculty and students. This is the same group that participated in the beach clean-up back in October of this year.
"I am extremely proud of the direction the group has taken. Their ideas, enthusiasm, and outright generosity have instilled a positive aura within the high school," said Kate Piazza, Program Coordinator and E-Net coordinator for the Workforce Investment Board at Chautauqua Works.
The program seeks to explore job readiness, community outreach and entrepreneurship. While pursuing these goals, a sense of pride has developed in the group. Because students have an opportunity to put their own ideas into action and see results; pride has developed, fueling the club's project initiatives.
Students of the Chautauqua Works Career Club at DHS are pictured left to right. Back row: Monica McCall, Mikaila Townsend, Benjamin White-Shurry, Giovanni Robles and Elijah Rivera. Front row: Brittney Morgan, Alissa Marshall, Travis Maxwell, China DeJesus, Jermaine Willburn, Kate Piazza and Yanaija Potter.
"Since we wanted to make the food for the event, Miss Kate was somewhat worried. I told her she could trust us and we wouldn't let her down. Everything pulled through and we had a great time," said student club member, Yanaija Potter.
In the next few months, the club will be working with SUNY Fredonia's ENACTUS Group on a project that hones in on a random acts of kindness concept and on planning a Career Fair for the entire high school.