Over the past several years, we have been providing senior welding students with tools, tool boxes, pipeliner welding hoods, etc. upon graduation from the welding program located at Greene County Vocational Technical Center located in Leakesville, MS. The “Tools for Success” (welding supplies, tools needed for the trade, welding boxes, etc.) are incentives for staying in the program and graduating with a career in welding in memory of our son Garrett Wayne Hicks, a 2012 graduate from Greene County High School and Vo-Tech Welding Program. Garrett was a very successful welder and went on to become a QA/QC Manager. Garrett’s life on earth tragically ended in November 2015. Shortly after, we created a Memorial Foundation in honor of our son’s memory and to share his love and success of welding. Each year we try to raise enough funds to purchase and present each graduating welding student with welding boxes, welding hoods , etc. upon graduation. This gift has made a tremendous impact on these students and the feedback from the Greene County Vo-Tech was overwhelming. It is definitely an encouragement for us to keep providing these students with “Tools for Success” as an incentive to continue their endeavors and see the Welding program grow in our local community along with giving these students an incentive to complete the program and enter the workforce.
$2,500 Donation from the Grainger Foundation
Steven Douglas representing the Grainger Foundation presented a check in the amount of $2,500 for the Garrett Hicks Foundation on April 24, 2018 at the Greene County Mississippi Vo-Tech. The funds donated along with fundraising events made possible the purchase of 10 Ridgid job site boxes and Lincoln welding hoods, gloves and welding sleeves for the 2018 GCHS seniors that have successfully completed the NCCER welding courses at the High School. This Foundation recognizes and rewards the students that have put in the hard work and dedication learning a technical trade while in high school and will be graduating and entering the workforce with a skill. The Garrett Hicks Foundation serves the needs of the students in the welding program and gives honor to Garrett's memory and love for his career. The students that have completed the welding program are workforce ready upon graduation.