Granite Bear “elves” help community with wares from workshop
David Broyles Staff Reporter
Mount Airy High School Furniture and Cabinet Making Class students, like elves from Santa’s workshop, will be helping out their community this holiday season.
Instructor Greg Taylor said the group will again offer sturdy corn hole sets they have made for sale with the proceeds helping three local charities.
Taylor admits one goal of this annual effort is to build good citizens while students get to apply their building skills. Seniors Jackson Blizzard, Brian Bennett and Jon Cagle appeared to agree with Taylor. Blizzard said this is his first year in the vocational shop class.
“I love to have something to do with this hands-on stuff,” said Blizzard. He said techniques like being sure his measurements were correct and the wooden pieces were square translated well as he moved from building furniture to the cornhole boards. He said he was surprised to find out how easy it was to get specification for the boards because cornhole is “serious” with a national league for competition. He said he hopes to use what he has learned in class to pursue a career in a field like civil engineering.
Bennett said this was his third year in the class as the others joked he spent so much time in the shop he should consider changing his name.
“We did this last year so it was pretty much the same,” said Bennett. “Everybody came in and we all worked together, which was a plus. We had an assembly line going. We did a lot more detail this year and were were quick at it.” He was not specific about what he wants to do for a career, other than something where he “wasn’t behind a desk all the time.”
Cagle is in his second year of the class and he said this was the first time he had helped with the cornhole project. He said he was impressed at how well everyone worked together and how well it was organized.
“These kids are good people,” said Taylor. “They look forward to having an opportunity to help out. I’ve yet to have anyone not want to participate. I want them to understand they can affect other peoples lives by what they do. We want to raise selfless, well-rounded citizens.”
Taylor said this is the third time they have made the cornhole boards. He added that his opinion is taxpayers help support the public schools and it is a natural way for the students to turn around and invest in the community as well as helping organizations which benefit the public.
“It is so important to me (for) students to know they are contributing and making a difference in someone’s life. They are not as heartless and careless as some people think (young people are),” Taylor said. “The support of the community is outstanding.”
Taylor said a set of the sanded cornhole boards costs $100 and a set of the sanded boards with a set of eight navy blue and white bags is $120. The sets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Checks should be made to Mount Airy High School. Orders can be made at email@example.com or 336-789-5147.
Previous projects have included making wooden toys and checkerboards which were delivered in the community. He said the students made eight sets and eight have not been sold. Proceeds from the sales of the boards will go the the Harvest Food Bank, Foothills Food Pantry and to the family of the late Jacob Pettite.
Reach David Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-719-1952.
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