Sherwood Park, AB. — Earlier today, early learners from Ardrossan Elementary received an exciting new gift—thanks to students at Bev Facey Community High. “We’ve made special tables and benches for the new school’s early learning classrooms,” says William Fortier, a Grade 12 student at Bev Facey Community High. “It’s a win-win. They get new furniture and we gain work experience we wouldn’t get otherwise.”
In the fall, students in Bev Facey Community High’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) construction program were tasked with designing, building and perfecting wooden tables and benches for Ardrossan Elementary’s new replacement school. After months of hard work the furniture is now complete. In fact, Bev Facey hand delivered the equipment today and placed it in its new home—the Play and Learn at School (PALS) and kindergarten classrooms. “The furniture is absolutely beautiful and we’re so proud to have it made by students in our Division,” says Helene Hewitt, the Acting Principal of Ardrossan Elementary. “Equally impressive is the sense of community it has inspired. It certainly made a big impression on our students—one that will last a long time.”
Under the supervision of Steven Woodard, a construction technologies teacher at Bev Facey Community High, a total of eight tables and eight matching benches were built—all handmade by Bev Facey’s construction technology students. “It’s a huge opportunity for our students to be able to make the furniture,” says 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 benches and tables, the construction technologies students at Bev Facey Community High 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 the early learning program at Glen Allan Elementary. “In some of our schools we have furniture that’s at the end of its life cycle and in need of replacement,” says Joseph Clark, the Director of Learning Services at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS). “Having our senior high students build needed furniture in-house just makes sense. Not only is it cost effective, it also offers our students valuable learning opportunities—new skills, high school credits and community building.”
Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
For more information contact:
Joseph Clark, Director, Learning Services, EIPS 780-467-0044
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902