LPS construction zone
The scene was impressive: 25 Loveland Primary School (LPS) second graders decked out in construction gear, hard at work hammering and painting. The assignment was simple - construct a Valentine’s Day card holder; the lesson students learned was a bit more complex.
“It’s really about developing their self-esteem,” explained Patsy Schlesselman, LPS second-grade teacher. “Our students are learning they have the skills to take on a big project all by themselves, and you can see the pride on their faces.”
Schlesselman, along with Jessica Kendall, LPS student teacher, teamed up with the building pros from Mason’s Home Depot store to put on the session Friday, Feb. 1, which included instruction in simple tool safety. The class is called Home Depot Children’s Workshop – a program the global home improvement specialty retailer designed to give back to the community.
“We are thrilled to take advantage of this type of class,” said Kevin Fancher, LPS principal. “This exposes our students to areas they otherwise wouldn’t experience, and we are excited Home Depot included us in this unique opportunity.”
“It was a morning full of smiles and laughter,” said Schlesselman. “Especially when the students got their hands on the hammers – you could just see their eyes light up! The excitement only heightened once they were able to build their card holders. I heard plenty of look at what I built as I walked through the room. It is something they can always keep, and know they did it all by themselves.”
Photo caption: (Top row, L to R) Ta lor McQueen, Joyce Woods, Gavin Hang, Steven Macsotai, Grace Muchmore, Brooke Hatfield, Matthew Taylor, Andrew Meece, Elijah Walters, Lizzy Lipp, Ana Fouts, Joe Zukor (Row 2) Cole Kissick, Jesse McVey, Tyler Mullins, Ella Rogers, Olivia Zirpoli, Olivia Huff, Keaton Davidson (Row 3) Terry Hess, Emma Ramsey, Jake Sewell, Quinn Oxender, Morgan DiSanto (Row 4) Sean Behling, Maddox Mullins, Abby Mooreves