Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center

Carl D. Perkins Job Corps students enjoy the holidays with help from the community

January 3rd, 2018

Staff members and Homemakers assist students with ornament making.

The Floyd County Homemakers Club of Prestonsburg, KY was on center in December to assist students with making Christmas ornaments, stockings and cards to take home for family and friends for the holidays. This is the fifth year that the Homemakers Club has assisted students with this very popular activity. Students were able to make angel, Christmas tree and snowmen ornaments and decorate stockings with their favorite Christmas scene or poem. Several center staff members were on hand to help with the craft activity and to make some ornaments for their classroom.

The Floyd County Extension Homemakers Club members learn skills that enable them to serve as leaders in homes and communities. The Homemakers also serve as mentors for students, offering friendship and support while students are in the Job Corps program.

Perkins Job Corps thanks the Homemakers for assisting students not only during the holidays, but throughout the year with many other projects.

Perkins Job Corps staff sent students off for winter break but not before they enjoyed a host of Christmas activities. On Dec. 11, students enjoyed a Christmas luncheon, featuring prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, and plenty of sides. The cafeteria was transformed into a magical holiday banquet room, with Christmas music playing in the background and staff dressed up serving the students.

On Dec. 12, students did a bit of Christmas shopping at the SPO’s annual holiday store. During December students earned Santa bucks that could be used at the holiday store by displaying positive behavior and completing tasks in their classes. Staff and community members donated new or gently used items to the store. Students spent their Santa bucks on gifts to take home for family and friends, gift wrapped by store volunteers.

As an added treat to the shopping experience, students enjoyed a hot chocolate bar and received stockings filled with positive messages and candy. The hot chocolate bar and stocking giveaway was sponsored by the Youth2Youth (Y2Y) Partners4Peace group. To make sure students kept warm during winter break, the Student Government Association bought all students hat, gloves and scarf sets. The SGA does fundraisers throughout the year to provide items and activities for the student body to enjoy.