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PURCHASE LINE: Students create holiday crafts in woodworking class

by By RACHEL PHILLIPS, ALLISON GOODLIN and HALEIGH MASON, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 13, 2013 11:00 AM

PURCHASE LINE — Students in industrial arts teacher David Small’s woodshop classes put their skills to use to benefit the community. Students who are finished with their independent class projects made two versions of reindeer which were sold at the arts and crafts show at the Purchase Line Church of the Brethren on Saturday.

“All materials are supplied from the church. The money from their craft/art show goes to the adult youth group to travel out West,” said Small.

The class made two versions of reindeer, a small block Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a large deer basket, which can be used to store things such as a poinsettia or candy.

The students draw up patterns, then use scroll saws, band saws, disc sanders, spindle sanders, hand sanders, cordless drills, metal fasteners such as wood screws and glue, according to Small.

[PHOTO: David Small, center, industrial arts teacher, assisted Colin Jennings, left, and Rodney Wagner in the assembly of a reindeer basket that can be used to store a poinsettia or candy during the holiday season. (Rachel Phillips/Purchase Line High School)]

Small matches the students on the production line by their abilities. Senior Carrie Keith cuts the antlers using a band saw. Senior Katelyn Parke sands and paints while sophomore Thomas Bouch sands and stains.

Junior Andy Bouch assembles and senior Rodney Wagner assembles as well as cuts. Sophomore Greg A. Boring uses the plane and junior Colin Jennings sands and glues.

This project is unique for students because they are learning the process of assembling as well as calculating the cost of materials related to making a profit.

Other projects that students in Wood Technology III have made this year in the class are coffee tables made by Jennings and junior Dylan Hart, and gun cabinets made by senior Daran Bingaman and junior Grant Syster. In Wood Technology II, Keith made an Eiffel Tower-shaped coat rack.

“Safety is important here,” added Small. Students are learning the importance of safety and how to properly use machines.

Santa’s workshop

Future Business Leaders of America welcomed children to the high school cafeteria for their annual Santa’s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

“Santa’s Workshop provides FBLA members with a chance to practice their organizational skills,” said business teacher and FBLA adviser Debra Fisher. “They also learn how to plan for a large event because we plan the crafts and treats for roughly 100 children from the community.”

[PHOTO: FBLA members from Purchase Line High School helping with the Santa’s Workshop event were, front row, from left, Ashley Goodlin, Brittani Bell, Anna Harkleroad, Cassandra Boring, Tabitha Yates and Makaylia Geer; second row, business teacher and FBLA adviser Debra Fisher, Veronica Scott, Montanna Rice, Jordan Barr, Ashley Prugh, Allison Goodlin, Megan Hudson, Morgan Scalese, Taylor Antisdel, Tyler Nunez, Lacy Shultz, Ashley Karlinsey, Janessa McCullough, Bailey Lute, Brooke Jones, Kelsee Lazor, Sierra Misko, April Boyer, and Amy Elling. Santa Claus, at center, was played by Fisher’s husband, Ken.  (Submitted photo/Purchase Line High School)

The purpose of the workshop is to provide the children of the community an opportunity to see Santa Claus and to do fun Christmas activities. The admission cost was $1 per child and an extra $1.50 to get a picture with Santa. At the workshop, children started by seeing Santa and telling him what they want for Christmas.

They received a treat bag from FBLA members who were dressed as elves. The treat bag included a fishtail bracelets, made by FBLA members. After visiting Santa, the children traveled to various craft stations.

This year there were seven different stations that were run by FBLA students. These stations included photo frames, coloring ornaments, letters to Santa, Christmas card fans, reindeer food, coloring pages, ring toss, movies, and paper plate hand outlines.

After the children completed the craft stations, they enjoyed cookies and punch that were provided by the members of FBLA.

FBLA Secretary Brittani Bell, a senior, helped children to make jars of “reindeer food” during the event.

“It’s cute watching all the little kids get excited when they see Santa, and it’s a lot of work getting everything set up,” said Bell.

Seniors Ashley Karlinsey and Amy Elling took the photographs of children with Santa (played by Ken Fisher). “I liked seeing the kids have so much fun at Santa’s Workshop,” Karlinsey said.

Santa’s sidekicks had a firsthand view of the attraction of the event — Santa Claus!

“The kids were so excited to see Santa,” according to Karlinsey, who took the children’s photos with Santa. Senior Megan Hudson, one of Santa’s elves, handed out treat bags.

“Some kept coming back to show Santa their crafts. There were a lot of tears, some because they were scared and others because Santa went on a break,” Karlinsey and Hudson explained. “Seeing their smiling faces when Santa came walking in made all the hard work pay off,” they agreed. 

Organizers for the event this year were sophomore Brooke Jones, Bell, Hudson and senior Taylor Antisdel.

When asked how she felt the workshop went this year, Fisher replied, “It was one of the best we’ve ever had. It ran smoothly, with no technology problems. The children were well-mannered and enjoyed the crafts.”

“I enjoy working with FBLA members, both preparing for and during the work-shop,” added Fisher. 

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