Fairview High School receives $12,000 worth of carpentry hand tools

Fairview High School receives $12,000 worth of carpentry hand tools

For immediate release -
May 31, 2016 -
Thanks to a new grant introduced by Skills Canada Alberta and Stanley Black and Decker, Fairview Jr Sr High School (FHS) Industrial Arts and Career and Technology Studies students are enjoying $12,000 in carpentry hand tools.  

FHS is one of five Alberta high schools chosen for the grant that provides schools with tools from the Skills Canada Alberta Provincial Competition. Stanley Black and Decker donates tools for the provincial competition where Alberta students compete in various CTS categories.

Nathanial Schlichter, grade 11 student at FHS, who also competed in the carpentry category at the 2016 Alberta Skills competition says the new tools will not only broaden the range of learning opportunities for students at FHS, it will also make class more efficient. 

“This gives us experience with tools we may not have used before and provides more possibilities in projects” says Nathanial.  “Having more tools also means less waiting to use tools in class, allowing us to finish our projects quicker.”

Jigsaws, drills, drivers, miter saws and stands as well as a hand grinder, scroll saw, trim router, biscuit jointer and rolling tool box are some of the tools that are new additions to the CTS lab.

Annette Laue, FHS Skills Coordinator and Earl Verbicky, FHS Industrial Arts and CTS Instructor applied for the grant and say the addition of new tools not only benefits students and the school, it also benefits the community.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this generous grant from the fine people at Skills Canada Alberta and Stanley and Black and Decker” says Earl.  “Students will have the opportunity of learning hands-on skills needed now and into adulthood. I like the fact that they will be learning on a quality tool with new technology and the latest safety features. With the large number of citizenship projects the students do through the year, the students, school, and community will benefit greatly.”

Students have built picnic tables for the Fairview Habitat for Humanity project, RCMP and golf course and also built birdhouses at the Cummings Lake walking path to attract birds and help with local conservation efforts.

Kaylee Watchorn, FHS grade 8 student commented on her involvement in such projects.  “It is really good because we gain skills while helping the community. It is really rewarding to help and see our work in our community” says Kaylee.

Victoria Anderson, Skills Canada Alberta Communication Coordinator says this is the first year of the five year grant partnership with Stanley Black and Decker. 

“Skills Canada Alberta is grateful to Stanley Black and Decker for the incredible opportunity that this Hand Tool and Equipment Grant offers schools in Alberta. The grant will allow students to gain more in-depth CTS Program experience by learning specialized skills and techniques. Adding the new equipment ensures that schools have the tools and resources they need to help students make the link between the classroom and a career in trades and technology” says Victoria.

Skills Canada Alberta is committed to providing students with innovative, hands on learning experiences that elevate their perceptions of trades and technologies, and provide them with the skills they need to succeed in the world market.  This is accomplished through the Skills Competition and partnerships that offer enhanced programming for junior, senior and post-secondary students.

Each year, students from PRSD compete in the regional competition in which PRSD is a major sponsor through hosting many of the competition categories at FHS, providing transportation, gifts in kind as well as the time put forth by PRSD staff volunteers. 

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend gratitude to Skills Canada Alberta and Stanley Black and Decker for their outstanding contributions” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “We are grateful for their generosity and continued involvement in education that has a positive impact in the lives of students and communities.”