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Shikellamy students show off skills during construction project

Mar. 30—SUNBURY — Shikellamy High School students have been braving spring weather to finish construction on a 16-feet by 24-feet football team shed that will be placed at the district's all sports complex.

High School Principal Marc Freeman said he was impressed with the students' skills and the fact they are learning a real-world trade.

"Our students are learning real-world construction skills and applying those skills with hands-on projects like building a shed for our new stadium," he said. "The students under the direction of teacher Andy Meyer have learned how to frame walls, frame the roof, install shingles, and other components of construction.

"They are learning skills that will last a lifetime and could lead to potential careers in the construction industry."

Freeman said the students are also learning about job safety and the need to work and trust others at a job site.

"They are building school pride and giving back to the school," he said. "When attending sporting events in the stadium, they will be able to look at the shed they built and be proud of their work."

Meyer said the project began a few months ago and the students caught on quick.

"I am extremely proud of them and what they are doing here," he said. "Everyone is working together and we are getting this done."

Junior Logan Wiest said he learned a lot through the process and had a great time with his classmates.

"It's great we are all working together," he said. "Everyone is doing a good job."

Classmates Lily Drumheller and Makenzie Jackson agreed.

"The weather at times was cold but it didn't bother me," Drumheller said. "I also learned so much through this project."

Jackson said it was fun to learn and work with fellow students.

"I agree that we are all learning so much with this project," Jackson said.

The cost of the shed was for just supplies. Superintendent Jason Bendle said not only did taxpayers save money, but students got a real world education.

"We're extremely excited about our construction trades class and the skills our students are learning," he said. "This shed is an example of real world skills that they are learning during class."

Meyer said the shed will be complete in the next few weeks and then moved from the high school to the stadium to be put in place after the renovations at the complex are complete.