Shop class is coming in handy for a couple area schools.
Students in Bev Facey Community High's construction program built special tables and benches for Ardrossan Elementary’s new replacement school.
“It’s a win-win. They get new furniture and we gain work experience we wouldn’t get otherwise,” said William Fortier, Grade 12 student at Bev Facey.
"The furniture is absolutely beautiful and we’re so proud to have it made by students in our division,” said Helene Hewitt, acting principal at Ardrossan Elementary.
Under the supervision of Steven Woodard, the construction technologies teacher at Bev Facey, a total of eight tables and eight matching benches were built.
“It’s a huge opportunity for our students to be able to make the furniture,” said Woodard. “There’s often disconnect between what kids learn in school and what they will see when they enter the world of work. Having the chance to build something for someone else and according to their specifications offers insight on where they might be in a couple of years.”
In addition to the work for Ardrossan Elementary, construction students are also building new tables for Clover Bar Junior High’s computer lab, shelving for Davidson Creek Elementary’s learning commons and more tables and benches for Glen Allan Elementary.
Ardrossan's new elementary school is expected to open this fall.