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Resilient SkillsUSA Chapter Donates $150,000 to Cancer Foundation

A Wyoming SkillsUSA chapter has worked to raise money for a local cancer foundation for nine years straight. This year, they had to be adaptable and flexible to hold their fundraiser during a worldwide pandemic.
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Scott Bokelman (second from right), an industrial technology teacher at Saratoga Middle/High School, presents his SkillsUSA chapter’s donation to Mike Glode of Corbett Medical Foundation. Photo by Joshua Wood of the Saratoga Sun.

For nine years straight, the SkillsUSA chapter at Saratoga (Wyo.) Middle/High School has held a golf tournament and a 5k run/walk to raise money for a local cancer foundation. This year, COVID-19 forced the 5k event to go virtual. How does one hold a virtual run/walk event? The chapter — also known as “The TechKids” — found a way, selling shirts and raising awareness online. (Whether or not anyone ran or walked in place in front of a webcam, we are unable to report at this time.) When the dual-fundraiser was complete, the TechKids were able to donate $20,000 to the Corbett Medical Foundation to help cover travel costs for those battling cancer in the community. Over the last nine years, the SkillsUSA chapter has raised over $150,000 for the foundation.

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