Green Meadow 4th grade students rolled up their sleeves and got to work on Tuesday morning as they built their very own wooden toolboxes with the help of local contractors. The fun, hands-on activity was coordinated by Curtis Lumber’s Workforce Development Coalition and Questar III BOCES as a way to introduce the students to potential careers in the trades industry.
Outfitted with Curtis Lumber aprons and a tool kit, the students worked alongside contractors from Curtis Lumber, Bennett Contracting, Otterbeck Builders and TL Custom Renovations.
The students learned to hammer nails, take measurements, use a screwdriver and a level. The contractors provided instruction and answered questions along the way.
“It’s great when business and education partner to create learning opportunities, engaging students in hands-on activities that are both fun and informative about careers in the building trades,” Questar III’s Jim Church said. “We’re fortunate to have partners like Curtis Lumber and the local building contractors who are willing to offer their time, share insights and guide students in an activity that will be memorable for many of these students. Plus, the adults had as much fun as the students.”
At the end of the activity, students showed off their toolboxes with pride.
“It’s a great learning experience and very fun,” said 4th grade student Merik Maguffin. “I built it all by myself.”
Green Meadow 4th graders built their very own toolboxes at school today with the help of local contractors.
They also learned about careers in the trades during the fun, hands-on activity. pic.twitter.com/GKAmSbprvV
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In addition to the toolboxes, students will also get to keep their tool apron, measuring tape, a t-shirt and coloring book.
“I was very impressed with our students and the way they followed directions, asked questions and completed the activity this morning,” said Green Meadow Principal Daniel Garab. “I appreciate the contractors and our volunteers for giving their time to work with our students.”