February 9-15 is SkillsUSA Week and there are a lot of ways to celebrate. Some local chapters plan a different activity for each day of the week, while others pick one day and hold one or two events.
Below are some ideas for celebrating SkillsUSA Week:
Monday, February 10 – P.R. Day
> Make a school announcement, over the PA or school television station, about SkillsUSA Week and the special activities your chapter has planned.
> Hang SkillsUSA signs or banners throughout the school.
> Hold a poster or photo contest with prizes.
> Deliver SkillsUSA PSAs to local radio or television stations and invite the press to attend the events your chapter has planned during the week.
> Provide a news release and photographs to the school or local newspaper.
> Make a bulletin board or display about SkillsUSA for a school hallway.
> Set up a SkillsUSA information table in the school cafeteria to tell people about SkillsUSA.
Tuesday, February 11 – SkillsUSA Advisor Appreciation Day
> Make the instructors who support your program feel special and appreciated by hosting a lunch through the culinary program.
> Deliver cookies and a thank you note to instructors who support the program.
> Formally recognize the principal of your school with a certificate of appreciation and an honorary membership in SkillsUSA. Principals are vital in supporting your SkillsUSA chapter.
Wednesday, February 12 – Advocacy Day
SkillsUSA Week is an excellent time to make the community and business leaders in your community aware of your SkillsUSA chapter.
> Request a Proclamation from the Mayor, City Council, Board of Supervisors or School Board and ask if your local SkillsUSA officers can be present to receive it.
> Invite local business, community and industry leaders to a chapter meeting to hear a presentation.
> Host an open house to showcase chapter activities and invite parents, community leaders, business and industry representatives, and middle school or elementary students who might be interested in technical career paths.
> Visit a local elementary or middle school and talk about Career and Technical Education.
Thursday, February 13 – Leadership through Service Day
Conduct a community service activity to bring greater awareness to SkillsUSA.
> Visit a nursing home to provide services to the residents.
> Hold a car care clinic.
> Donate toys or other items to a local shelter or children’s hospital.
> Conduct a cleanup/early spring landscape program at your school.
> Offer to paint a mural at a day care center.
Friday, February 14 – Wear Red Day
Encourage all members to wear SkillsUSA T-shirts, polo shirts, or SkillsUSA official attire. Share your SkillsUSA stories and explain that red is the color of the SkillsUSA official blazer.
Tell Utah CTE how your chapter is celebrating SkillsUSA Week. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.
If you are not a member of SkillsUSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the SkillsUSA advisor in your school.