By Joseph Pratt
Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC) students in Rick Stringer’s welding class recently performed a community service project and constructed new gates for the cemetery in Vernon Township.
The project was proposed and spearheaded by Vernon Township Trustee Rodney Wright. Wright said that getting the cemetery a new gate and a more attractive sign was one of his first objectives as stepping in as a township trustee.
“One of my first things was to get a sign at the Vernon Cemetery,” Wright said. “We had a cattle gate for an entrance and I wanted something different, so I hollered at my buddy Rick from SciotoTech and asked him to make me a sign for the cemetery.”
Wright believes that a cemetery is an important part of a community and he claimed that he wanted to see something more respectful at the cemetery, instead of a cattle gate.
“Everybody is loving it. I post a picture of it on Facebook and everyone is commenting it,” Wright said. “There has been more people drive up that road since the sign has been put there than there has been in six or eight months. People think it looks really good for the township.”
Stringer’s junior class built the security gate and banner and the auto body class painted it.
“Naturally, they all want to be involved, but we used a few and the two that did the main fabrication got to go onsite during a school day to work an installation day,” Stringer said. “ I try to match a student geographically by where they are from. One of the students on the project is from that area and now he and his family will be able to see that project as something he did. I look forward to that banner and fence standing for many, many years.”
Stringer said he likes putting his students in the community and working real experiences in their field of study, because it better prepares them for workforce.
“I think this is a sign that the community is coming together and supporting a project that makes the township look better. The boys involved are from this area and they can look at this project for years to come and tell people they built it,” Wright said.
In other SCCTC news, Joe Ward’s building property and maintenance class installed a new sign at the Lucasville branch of the Portsmouth Public Library, in which they also constructed themselves in the classroom.
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