This group of students flew all the way from New Jersey to participate in the SkillsUSA conference in Kansas City this week. On June 27, the volunteered to clear brush from Kessler Park. Micah Wilkins

A break from the convention center: 200 SkillsUSA participants volunteer to clean up Kessler Park

Posted June 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

Micah Wilkins
Northeast News

June 27, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Looking down into the forested area behind the Northeast’s colonnade on Friday morning, passersby may not have noticed anything different. But with a closer look, they may have noticed the trees rustling. And with an even closer look, they would see groups of people wearing matching blue shirts, trash bags and tools in hand.

Hidden amid the overgrown brush and trees, over 200 volunteers were working hard to clean up Kessler Park, clearing a path for hiking and mountain biking. These 200 volunteers were students and teachers participating in this week’s SkillsUSA national convention at Bartle Hall.

This year marks the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 15,000 high school and post-secondary students from all over showcased their technical and career skills.

“That’s my favorite part, you get to meet different people from around the country, like Kansas, Puerto Rico, Maine,”

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