Julie Harris, principal of grades 7 and 8, is at work behind a new desk crafted by eighth grade students in the required industrial technology/engineering (IT/E) class.
Designed by IT/E chair Dan Barton with input from Harris, the new desk with drawers is made from solid red oak with an inlaid oak-and-walnut top. In each class period (two per week) during the first semester of the school year, Barton worked with a few students at a time while his co-teacher Chris Lubniewski ’07 oversaw students working on other projects. In the process of building the desk, students learned how to read plans, rip and cut wood, glue and screw pieces together, operate basic tools (biscuit cutter, band saw, jig saw, miter saw, electric drill and sander) and finish the desk. About 55 students in Barton and Lubniewski's five first-semester classes were involved. Second semester students will build a shelving unit with drawers and doors for their principal.
The IT/E Department has been building furniture as a service to the school since the 2000-01 school year, and the projects are in use all over campus. They have undertaken everything from dining hall tables to benches for the Commons to trophy cabinets for the Science Department to a doll house that was auctioned at the Annual Dinner and Auction. Parents Council funds the projects.