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Building in St. Michael

By  Mark Thompson, St. Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using very little more than left-overs from the new school construction here in Saint Michael, and relying on labor that has included little more than student work during 45 -55 minutes time periods, the students of our school have successfully constructed much of what will be a 20 x 40 foot building including two enclosed shipping containers. Construction was begun in the fall of 2010 and has included students ranging in age from 2nd grade through 12th grade. Students of every age level helped in constructing roof trusses, while site preparation and piling work was completed by middle and high school students. Due to weather, we took a break from work on this project during 3rd quarter. Even so students were exposed to, and willingly faced the very real Alaskan elements which are common to parts of early and late winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And though we expect to have a very useful building when we are done, the most important thing I can say with confidence and no small amount of pride is that we are building some great young people here in Saint Michael. I can’t think of a better outcome in education in any pursuit than to be able to say, “We aren’t building things, we’re building ¬†people.”

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