Happy Holidays to all
I hope you had a chance to view the pictures that David sent out of the Santa Fe High School woodworking facilities. These are also posted on our website, sfturners.org along with ideas of how we find donors for student wood.
The school system has spent a lot of money to provide some new equipment, including two new Woodtek lathes, so there is no shortage of the proper tools or machinery. There is a lot of potential there and we hope to explore that opportunity.
We start the first week in January with a demonstration by Dave, Kathy Knorr (there are young ladies in the class and we wanted to let them know they can be part of this effort), and myself. After that we will hopefully have one person at the school for each of 8 time periods (5 mornings plus 3 afternoons) to be a mentor and safety observer as well as instructing on safe use of the lathes. I will get the exact schedules in January when the school returns from holiday recess.
Attached is the volunteer required paperwork. Volunteer Package Anyone who wants to participate in this project will have to complete a volunteer package (including fingerprinting and background checks) and be approved as a School Volunteer. I’ve attached the information on the volunteer application. The process is simple and you can get the fingerprinting done at a UPS store. This procedure provides liability coverage for us when we are at the school participating as a school volunteer.
In filling out the “INTERESTS” section of the forms, Grade level of interest = High School,
School requesting = Santa Fe High School ASE
Specific Program = Sustainable Design Construction
If you can spare a half a day a week, we can make this program a huge success. Once you meet these kids you will see why David and I are so excited about the program. While they may have lost some interest in academics, they are interested in working and learning to work.
This program will give them a sense of accomplishment that may be lacking from their current classroom endeavors.
Another aspect of this program is that we may be able to use the facilities for our club. There is a lot to be worked out on this piece of the puzzle but when it was mentioned to the Principal by the class instructor, there were no objections. Much more will have to be done but it does exist as a possibility.
Hope you will consider this. Please let me know if you are interested.