High school students build hundreds of Adirondack chairs for Barnum community

High school students build hundreds of Adirondack chairs for Barnum community
High school students build hundreds of Adirondack chairs for Barnum community(kbjr 6/cbs 3)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 5:32 PM CST
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BARNUM, MN. (KBJR) - An industrial technology class at Barnum High School is teaching 50 students how to build Adirondack chairs for the community.

“In the beginning, you start with nothing, and then seeing it all come together is just nice to see,” said Sophomore Emily Ledoux.

High school students build hundreds of Adirondack chairs for Barnum community
High school students build hundreds of Adirondack chairs for Barnum community(kbjr 6/cbs 3)

For the past five years, Richard Bird’s class has been making these chairs for the Barnum community.

“Everyone’s moving, everyone’s busy, if they’re not they’re talking to our shop supervisor, we’ve got a safety inspector that’s watching for safety stuff. It’s just like a real industry you know we see the products leave the door and the customers are happy,” Richard Bird said.

In two hours, this year’s class sold 70 chairs they made during an online sale.

All the funds go towards the industrial technology department so the career-focused class can continue for many years to come.

“It’s important to me because it’s learning leadership roles for later on in life, and learning how to work in the industry with other people, and learning how to work in a team,” 11th grader Brady Coughaln said.

Students also have real-life roles in the woodshop, like safety and shop supervisors.

The positions are meant to introduce more on-the-job style experience in the classroom.

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