The Fundamentals of Engineering and Technology and 8th grade Industrial Arts students made Christmas toys for the Preschool students as well as for the Angel Tree. The top photo shows some of the students building the toys while the lower photo shows some of the finished products. The Fundamentals of Engineering and Technology students were: Gabe Angus, Lucas Arnzen, Malachi Baca, Westin Crenshaw, Casey Danly, Kellie Heitman, Bryson Higgins, Ali Hoene, Hunter McWilliams, Dally Ratcliff, Justin Ross, Tanner Ross, Austin Sonnen, and Peter Spencer. The 8th grade Industrial Arts students were Devin Bruegeman, Max Fernandez, Lance Goeckner, Brandon Higgins, Robert Hood, Daniel Leonard, Talyss Lustig, Casey Miller, Tyler Nida, Noah Rieger, Hannah Ross, Victor Schmidt, Trevor Shipley, Michael Temes, Kevin Tillinghast, and Abbie Uhlenkott. Photos provided by Jerry Richardson.
This Christmas season is no different than others of the past 15 years for Prairie Public School Pre School children. The Fundamentals of Engineering and Technology students in the manufacturing unit have been building toys for the children in the pre school Program. The reintroduced 8th grade Industrial Arts class also helped build toys this year. For approximately the past 6 or 7 years, students have also built toys for the Cottonwood St. Mary’s Hospital Angel Tree.
In the manufacturing unit, the students learn how to use woodworking power tools. The students pair up, decide on a toy to build, and draw up the plan using a CAD software program. For approximately 8 weeks the students mass produce the parts for the toys and assemble them. Each pair of students is responsible for building 7 to 10 toys. We try to make different toys from one year to the next, but sometimes we are asked to make a particular toy that was made previously. Over a three year period, one group of students made rocking horses, elephants, and a tractor.
The pre school program at Prairie generally has 25 to 30 students, but this year there are 45.
The number of toys for the Angel Tree runs approximately 50 to 70.
The wood for the toys has been donated by the Poxleitner Sawmill, Hoots Café, Bill Shuck, Pacific Cabinets, Funkes Custom Cabinets, Chesky Woodworking, and Idaho Forest Group. Plexiglass was donated by Gem Builders Supply in Cottonwood, Highland Glass and Clarkston Glass in Clarkston, Inland Auto Glass and A Touch of Glass in Lewiston. Specialty items have been purchased by the Prairie High Technology Student Association. The club money comes from the sale of items sold at the Hangout and A-1 Flowers in Cottonwood, Art and Frame by D and J in Lewiston, and on the Cottonwood School District web site.