SEATech construction students make desks for local elementary students
SEATech instructor Eric Matson and students in his Construction Technology program have teamed with Builders First Source and Jackson Contractor Group to make desks to support students in distance learning. Later this month 25 desks will be delivered to the homes of district elementary students who don’t have adequate study areas.
Builders First Source and Jackson Contractor Group donated all the materials for the lightweight, 30”x3’ wood desks which feature a shelf and area to plug in a Chromebook device. Local artist Brad Rude has also partnered on the project to help students come up with creative ideas for painting the desks.
“Sharpstein Principal Maria Garcia reached out to our program this fall to see if we could build desks for students who don’t have them in their homes,” said Matson. “We are so excited to see this project come together to help students have a place to study while our campuses are closed due to the pandemic.”
Matson is using his technology skills to keep the project going as local COVID rates continue to spike keeping all students off campus. Matson has live ZOOM sessions with his students as he constructs the desks in the SEATech construction shop. Students interact with Matson during the ZOOM sessions to ensure they understand how they are being constructed. Rude is also using ZOOM sessions to teach the students how to paint the desks and come up with fun design ideas to make them more interesting.
Next week students will pick up a desk to take home and paint before they are delivered to students Dec. 16. Matson and his students plan to build another 20 desks for students after winter break.
“It’s critical for our students to learn the importance of giving back,” said Matson. “I’m so proud of our students for using the skills they are learning at SEATech to help our youngest learners in the school district.”
Photo: Instructor Eric Matson