By Jamie Rieger
When the old storage room at Senator Gershaw School was demolished during the school’s rebuilding and renovation project, teachers and administration decided that having the high school shop students build a new storage facility would be a great way for them to obtain some valuable hands-on learning.
“The 14 Grades 10-12 students are doing carpentry and fabrication and learning hands-on. I think everybody wishes they could have had an opportunity like this,” said Principal Derek Beck.
While the students are doing the bulk of the work, Senator Gershaw has partnered with Jade Homes and Unity Electric for some aspects.
“Jade Homes helped raise the walls and because the students are not permitted to go higher than 10 feet up, they are putting the roof on and Unity Electric has stepped up to do the electrical work. They have really gone above and beyond for us,” he said.
Like a typical construction site, the students have daily safety meetings and wear the required safety gear.
Shop teacher, Cory Schiebelbein said the students also were doing finishing work and constructing door openings and gable ends.
They hope to have the building complete and ready for inspection by the end of November.