PHOTOS: Cyclone Carpentry Shop students make Christmas gifts for foster kids

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CY Middle School seventh grade carpentry shop students create wooden Christmas presents for foster children in the second term of the 2021-2022 school year (courtesy NCSD)

CASPER, Wyo. – A sense of community and collaboration enhanced the skills of seventh grade CY Middle School carpentry shop students in the last quarter as they built hobby horses, blocks and cars out of wood to be given to foster children during the Christmas season, according to a Natrona County School District release Monday.

“It was a good project. I think it was important so they could have a good Christmas,” said Spenser, one of Melissa Ingram’s CTE Woodshop students. “It was fun because it was something the whole class could do together.”

CY Middle School seventh grade carpentry shop students create wooden Christmas presents for foster children in the second term of the 2021-2022 school year (courtesy NCSD)

Katie confirmed: “It was important because even though it was a simple project it did a lot for the children.

As the critical moment approached for toy distribution, the students received creative design assistance from the Grade 6 CTE class.

“I really enjoyed that we designed our hobby horses, and then when we left, the 6th graders would come in and add to our designs and show us new perspectives,” Riley shared.

Anna agreed that the collaborative process was a refreshing change of pace from individual work:

“My favorite thing about this project was being able to give to others who don’t have much,” Anna said, “but I think the project also brought the whole class together. We worked on independent projects, but once we worked on a project together, it created a better result.

CY Middle School seventh grade carpentry shop students create wooden Christmas presents for foster children in the second term of the 2021-2022 school year (courtesy NCSD)
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