Thursday, April 2, 2009

Helping out tomorrow's woodworkers

For the last couple of months, I've been volunteering 2-3 half-days a week at the Ashland High School woodshop. I've learned a lot working with the kids and I'm amazed at what they can get done in just 90 minutes 2-3 times a week.

Of course they aren't all superstars churning out amazing work--some of them are just in woodshop because it's a great place to coast and an easy A. Hey, I remembering being that kid--although I coasted in technical theater production, not woodshop.

It's sad to find out that most high schools no longer have a woodshop program and of those that do, many face the budget axe in the near future. I guess it's hard to justify woodshop when there is no woodshop section on the No child Left Behind tests.

Anyway, it's been fun working in the high school shop. I only hope it's around for future generations of students.