Construction Campers Work Together To Build Items To Donate To The Hamilton Park Conservatory
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) offered a Construction Camp for students ages eleven to fourteen at the Butler Tech, D Russel Lee Campus.
“During the construction camp, the Butler County ESC staff introduced students to concepts of construction for various disciplines related to the fields of construction such as construction management, carpentry, engineering, architecture, and more,” said Georgine Bowman, BCESC Curriculum Director.
Each camper received a tool case filled with a set of tools to use during the camp and then is theirs to take home when the camp ends. With instruction and guidance from BCESC consultant, Dave Baker, and with the support from BCESC staff, students are instructed in tool identification, use, and safety. The campers work in teams to construct items from start to finish learning first-hand construction skills and teamwork.
The BCESC offered a week-long program. During the camp, students constructed a wheelchair accessible picnic table and a sandbox. Throughout the camp, students were also able to design and construct corn hole boards to keep for themselves. At the end of the program all of the items built by the campers were donated during a graduation and presentation ceremony.
Funds from a grant BCESC received from the Spirit of Construction Foundation (SOC) allows them to provide this program. The SOC Foundation grant is awarded to support efforts to engage students of a specific age group, encouraging them to stay in school, succeed in math, science, and language classes, and consider all options available with a career in construction. In addition, the Liberty Township LaRosa's and Jeannette's Delicacies donated lunches to feed the students and camp staff for the duration of the camp.
“We at Butler County ESC are really excited about this combined effort by so many individuals and organizations. This program provides a unique educational experience to the participating students and also the opportunity to help families in our community,” said Elizabeth Beadle, BCESC Marketing and Public Relations Manager.
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