The cost of the various wood tools is $419, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
This project expired on May 12, 2007.
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Since shop classes have been removed from schools, many students do not have an outlet to showcase their talent and creativity. Many opportunities exist for academically gifted or athletically talented students, however, nothing is available to students that are gifted with their hands. This project will give these students a chance to find enjoyment and fulfillment by making something useful and beautiful. Hopefully, by turning wood on a lathe, these students will find an outlet in an educational setting that will provide them fun, satisfaction, and maybe a lifetime vocation.
I teach 8th grade science at a very middle class middle school. About 30% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. As a final experiment or project, I have the students build birdhouses. Here I noticed that 85% of my students never used any tools.
I will supply the wood lathe and tools. During the course of the year, about 50 students will be able to participate. I hope to obtain pen kits, letter opener kits, bottle stopper kits, and wood blanks. I will also supply any sandpaper, sealer, and finish.
This experience will help students view education as more than "book learning" Students will be able to feel a satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with finishing something with their own hands. A JOB WELL DONE.
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