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Herkimer BOCES students build storage units for kindergarten classroom
April 16, 2015


12:1:1 students holds thank you sign for his new cubbyhole
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES 12:1:1 kindergarten student Jaquez Saxon, 6, holds up a “thank you” sign next to his new cubbyhole in teacher Colleen Block’s classroom to show his appreciation to Herkimer BOCES building construction students for making it.


HERKIMER – When Jaquez Saxon, 6, joined teacher Colleen Block’s 12:1:1 kindergarten class at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, there at first wasn’t a place for him to store his backpack and jacket like the other students.

To rectify that, Block contacted Herkimer BOCES building construction instructor John Martin to ask for help, and within a week, four building construction students had put together a new cubbyhole for Jaquez to place his things.

The students, Randy DiGeorgio, Todd Daley, Tyler Coolidge and Mike Fahey, said they appreciated the opportunity to take a break from the house-building project the class works on all year to do something that benefits others.

“They learned to help other people – to do community service – benefiting the teacher and the kids in the class,” Martin said. “It had to be pretty quick because the kid was putting his stuff on the ground.”

Block’s classroom originally had 10 cubbyholes for students to place their items. When Jaquez joined the class, 10 spots were no longer enough. Thanks to the building construction class and costs covered by Herkimer BOCES, Block’s classroom now has a total of 12 cubbyholes, so she will have enough even if her class fills up to her maximum of 12 students.

After measurements were taken on the original cubbyholes, the career and technical education students in the building construction class worked off of a picture to make new ones that matched.

“I thought they did a fabulous job,” Block said. “It was a nice collaborative effort because we normally don’t get to work with CTE much.”

Having the cubbyhole available makes a huge difference because students in Block’s 12:1:1 class take pride in having their own individual space at school.

“They’re learning how to organize themselves and take responsibility for their belongings,” she said.

Block said the building construction students should get a lot of credit for doing an awesome job and matching the new cubbyholes to the originals.

“I was so impressed with it,” she said.

When Martin heard that his friend, Block, needed assistance, he had the four students take a break from the house project to quickly get the work done.

Fahey said it was nice to get away from the usual routine and do something different.

The students said they were able to apply almost everything they’ve been learning in class to building the cubbyholes – such as estimating, measuring, fastening, cutting, finishing and ensuring quality.

“We had fun helping other people out,” Daley said.
 
 
Story and photos by Herkimer BOCES public information specialist Bryon Ackerman and visual communications media arts students Mark Loiacono and Jake Schaffer.


Herkimer BOCES building construction students
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES building construction students (pictured from left to right) Randy DiGeorgio, Todd Daley, Tyler Coolidge and Mike Fahey made storage units for a 12:1:1 kindergarten class at Herkimer BOCES.





 
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