MILLER CITY — Construction and carpentry, teamwork and giving back to their communities are skills students at Miller City-New Cleveland Local Schools and Continental High School are learning while building sheds to benefit Habitat For Humanity of Putnam County.
Miller City’s vocational agriculture students and Continental’s industrial technology classes are partnering with Habitat to build the sheds that will be raffled off. Each shed is 10 by 12 foot with one window, wood framing and sheating, a roll up aluminum door and vinyl siding.
Students are using circular saws and drills, hammers and nails to construct the sheds that are large enough to store a lawn mower, gardening tools and holiday supplies.
This is the first year Habitat has partnered with the schools to complete shed projects, according to Matt Rau, Putnam County Habitat For Humanity executive director.
“The students gain construction skills from building the sheds and learn about the importance of giving back to the community,” Rau said. He said there is a shortage in building trades throughout the country and contractors are short handed. Students are exposed to the construction field by participating in these projects.
The proceeds from the shed raffles will go to offset the cost of materials with any additional proceeds going to assist Habitat with other projects. Glandorf Lumber donated the wood, rafters, nails and fasteners for the project and Owens Corning donated the roofing materials.
There are 59 Miller City eighth- through 12th-grade students who are working on building the shed. Three classes of 25 students grades nine through 12 at Continental High School are building the second shed.
The students began working on the sheds Thursday and plan to have the projects completed in the next two seeks. The raffle drawing for the sheds will be April 11 during Habitat’s monthly board meeting. The winning homeowners will have the opportunity to decide the color of siding they would like to have put on the sheds.
Miller City Senior Lucas Wank worked with other students to nail pieces of wood together.
“I love that this is a hands on project that help others. I think it is important to build the shed so we can help raise money for people in need,” Wank said.
Brooke Bradford, Continental High School senior, has been in the school’s building trades program for the past three years.
“I’ve learned how to put floor joists in and build the walls on the shed,” Bradford said. She said it feels great to give back to the community and she has learned she is capable of doing more than she thought.
John Koenig, Miller City vocational agriculture instructor, and Brian Stegbauer, Continental industrial technology teacher, are working with students at each school to create a blue print for the shed and build the shed from the ground up.
“Habitat For Humanity has so much outreach and does so many great things for the community. Being able to partner with them has been a great opportunity for us,” Koenig said.
Koenig said the students are interested in woodworking and constructing the sheds are teaching them how buildings are built.
”In every career path something hands on is required and they will need to learn what a wrench and screw driver is and how to use a drill and safety protocols,” Koening said.
Stegbauer said he hopes the students learn about carpentry skills that will help them now and in their future.
“I like to teach the students giving back to their community is one of the most important things you can do,” Stegbauer said.
People who would like to purchase raffle tickets can do so by contacting Putnam County Habitat for Humanity at 419-523-9621. The cost is one ticket for $10 and three tickets for $25 and anyone in any county is invited to participate in the raffle. For more information about Putnam County Habitat for Humanity visit www.putnamohhabitat.org
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.