In August, Brittany Gallo and Cora Schaab, began to think about their DECA project for the year. They knew they wanted to do a project that would have a positive impact on the community. With the guidance of their advisor Mr. Leonard they identified food insecurity as a problem in several communities that make up the school district. After doing research via the Allegheny County Census Database they identified Heidelburg as perfect community to target due to its demographics and the fact that it is walk-able. They chose to create a "Little Free Pantry" and place it along Ellsworth Avenue next to a local park. Brittany and Cora formed numerous partnerships along the way.
Among their partners are:
The Heidelberg Council
84 Lumber of Bridgeville
CVSD Applied Engineering Department Product Development Class
CVSD Art Department
Mr. Chuck Barber
Mr. Mark Barzan
Mr. Patrick Myers, CVHS Principal
CVSD DECA Chapter Members
CVSD DECA Advisors (Mr. Leonard & Mrs. Hick)
Robert & Barb Gallo
Steve & Cindy Schaab
Brittany and Cora controlled every aspect of the project from planning to design through the build process ending with installation. Throughout the process they learned different aspects of marketing, public relations, engineering, mass production, product development, and project management. Their project along earned them a victory at the State DECA competition and a chance to compete at the 2018 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past April. DECA projects are very involved and time consuming but the rewards and lessons learned are priceless.
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