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Warman High School (WHS) students Luke McDonald ad Eldon Fournier are in a class by themselves.
The two Grade 12 students were tapped late last spring by WHS Industrial Arts (IA) teacher Terry Martin to take on a unique project during the fall semester. The students are the only ones in the class, and they’re building a 200-square foot playhouse for the Warman and Martensville KidSport organizations.
“It’s a cool project,” said McDonald. “I really like this kind of work, and Mr. Martin is a great teacher.”
Fournier said he jumped at the chance to work on a construction project.
“I was switching some classes and Mr. Martin asked me if I wanted to be part of a new shop class,” said Fournier. “I built an ice fishing shack with one of my buddies last year, but this is a little more serious. It was nice that Mr. Martin gave me this opportunity.”
The boys began working on the playhouse in early September, and so far have built the base, the floor and deck. They’re currently building and assembling the walls.
The playhouse will be completed by the end of January and put on display at the Martensville A&W. The Martensville and District Lions Club, Martensville A&W and Clark’s Crossing Gazette are co-sponsoring the project as a fundraiser for the local KidSport committee, and raffle tickets will be sold with the winner taking home the playhouse as the grand prize.
A similar project was undertaken last year by students at Martensville High School (MHS). The plan is to have the schools each build a KidSport playhouse in alternate years.
Martin said he started the IA 30 class specifically for the project.
“I asked the boys if they wanted to be part of this project and to get credit for the class,” said Martin. “They didn’t hesitate at all. They’re very committed, and they’re working hard to get it done by the end of the semester.”
The playhouse will be a two-storey building with a peaked roof, 64-square foot main floor, a four-foot deck and an upper floor with a 20-inch pony wall. It will be finished with exterior siding and interior panelling. The design of this structure will be different from last year because it won’t have dormers on the second storey. However, it will have electrical lights and plug-ins.
Carolyn Ganes with KidSport Saskatchewan said she’s very impressed with the project, noting other KidSport committees in communities across the province are interested in doing something similar.
“It’s truly inspiring,” said Gaines. “It brings the whole community together by involving the school, businesses, community organizations and service groups; all to benefit the youth who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to play organized sports.
“We want to use this as an example across the province,” she added.
Syl Serblowski, President of the Martensville and District Lions Club, said the volunteer-based organization is donating the money needed to buy the building materials for the playhouse.
“We’ll also be selling raffle tickets, starting in February, like we did last year,” said Serblowski. “It’s just one of many projects the Lions Club does to help out our communities.”