Breakfast and Yard Sale
A pancake breakfast and yard sale, will be Saturday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast served until 11 a.m., $5, at Greenwood CHEER Center, U.S. 13 northbound, Greenwood. Tables are available for the yard sale for $10. All proceeds benefit Greenwood CHEER nutrition program and membership.
Antique Tractor Show
The First State Antique Tractor Club annual show at Yoder Farms in Greenwood on Sept. 24 and 25. Admission and parking are free. There will be antique tractors, cars and trucks, flea market, and entertainment on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday there will also be a petting zoo, tractor games, a kiddie pedal pull and an auction. As always there will be plenty of good food. Contact Rose Hastings at 875-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodbridge students take what they learn in class back to life
By Lynn R. Parks
Other high schools offer classes in construction. But none, other than the state’s technical schools, offers lessons in building to the degree that Woodbridge High School does, said instructor Fred Brock.
Brock, of Laurel, has taught the school’s structural systems classes for four years. Next year, he and fellow teacher Karen Breeding will have 200 students in ninth through 12th grades.
“All the skills you learn here, you can apply to your life, either in a career or in a hobby,” said Jesse Vanderwende, who will be a senior at Woodbridge next year and who intends to follow in the footsteps of father and grandfather, both of whom are farmers. “I can take what I learn here back to the farm.”
Vanderwende was one of several Woodbridge students who entered items they made in class in this year’s Delaware State Fair, held July 22 through July 31. His wooden display box and two wooden gavels claimed a second-place ribbon.
“The reason I make gavels is that I will be president of the FFA [Future Farmers of America] next year, and I will be using them,” Vanderwende smiled. “I have already tried them out.”
Mike Beauchamp, Greenwood, who graduated from Woodbridge this year, entered a glass-front china closet in the fair and came home with a first-place ribbon. His project included milling the oak for the closet.
Brent Huey, Greenwood, claimed a second-place ribbon for his grandfather clock, which he built for his father, Kevin. The recent Woodbridge grad and soon-to-be Del Tech freshman was awarded a blue ribbon for his welding display, another skill he learned under Brock’s tutelage.
Justin Bailey, Greenwood, won first place for his oak coffee table. Josh Doyon’s mahogany bookcase garnered him a fourth-place ribbon. Both Bailey and Doyon, Greenwood, will be juniors next year.
Recent grad Ryan Murray won third place for his three-section, oak gun cabinet. The cabinet, which is sitting in his parents’ living room, can hold up to 21 guns.
And Chuck Jefferson, Bridgeville, who will be a senior next year, received a sixth-place ribbon for his wooden sports locker.
Brock said that the structural systems program at Woodbridge includes classes in masonry, plumbing, welding and block work, as well as woodworking. In addition to basic construction skills, the classes include math and English; students do research on the objects they are building, write papers and make oral presentations.
Doyon said that he is glad that Woodbridge offers construction classes. “They are the most fun classes in school,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have even come to school if it wasn’t for these classes,” added Huey.
Brock said that students are attracted to structural systems classes because they get to do hands-on activities. And the classes prepare students for careers as well as for college, he added; several of his students intend to study engineering.
Brock, who graduated from Laurel High School in 1970, spent more than 20 years in construction before getting a degree in education. He enjoys the opportunity to help young people learn his trade.
“We are putting good people into the trade that I have always loved,” he said. “Our craft needs good people, and I think we are turning them out here.”