L E A D E R S H I p M AT T E R S
Noted CTE Teacher Leads Team
on Arlington Cemetery Project
ACTE Teacher of the Year Jim Scott and student Volunteers doing groundwork at Arlington Cemetery.
participate in volunteer project at Arlington Cemetery.
By Sabrina Kidwai
THIS SUMMER, ACTE TEACHER OF Plain City, Ohio. He and his students about the importance of giving back.
THE yEAR JIM SCOTT, six students joined more than 400 volunteers in work- PLANET also provides volunteers an op-
and another teacher from Tolles Career ing to beautify the grounds of Arlington portunity to network with representatives
and Technical Center visited Wash- Cemetery. (Scott’s group was the only one from business and industry and to lobby
ington, D.C., to volunteer for a project comprised of high school students.) on Capitol Hill.
called “Renewal and Remembrance” Scott’s students and representatives “By giving back to the community,
at Arlington National Cemetery. The from green organizations and businesses you are paying it forward,” said Scott.
event—hosted by PLANET, an interna- worked on aerifiying two sections of the “Students are learning different skills that
tional association that serves professionals cemetery. Aerification is a mechanical build their resume and the art of network-
in lawn care, landscape management, process that creates more air space in the ing. This event also gives us the power on
interior plantscapers and design/build/ soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus Capitol Hill to get our foot in the door to
installation—engaged volunteers in prun- helping the grass plants stay healthy. talk about volunteering and the impor-
ing, planting and doing other groundwork Scott said that when he learned about tance of career and technical education
at the cemetery. PLANET’s event, he wanted to bring his