Several carpentry students from
village schools are in town this week, working with students from Kodiak High
School on an ambitious construction project in
the hopes of raising funds for the Ahkiok school.
Six students from Ahkiok, one from Old Harbor
and six from Kodiak
High School are busy
constructing a shed and a small banya just outside the high school, which they
hope to have completed by the end of the week. Ahkiok, Larsen
Bay, Karluk and Danger Bay
principal Phil Johnson said the carpentry program was developed with a Native
Education grant. Last year, Port Lions ran the first year-long carpentry
program for rural schools. Two buildings were built and sold there and one was
built in Old Harbor this year. This year, Ahkiok
wanted to get involved.
-- (Johnson 1 45 sec. "This is funded through ... when they come out here.")
said the program is relatively rare in the state and wants to see such educational
construction opportunities expand statewide.
-- (Johnson 2 22 sec. "Stacey Simmons, who works ... observe our program.")
shop teacher Mike Hinman agreed that practical, hands-on learning is critical
for students learning the carpentry trade, and that the experience goes far
beyond merely earning a grade for a class.
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Peterson from Ahkiok is one of the students taking part in the project. He said
he expects to have the two buildings completed by Friday. He also said he's no
newcomer to such projects.
-- (Peterson 1 16 sec. "It's going really smoothly ... learn a lot from it you
Johnson said the
shed has already been sold, which is the usual way the program works. However,
Ahkiok wanted to do a fundraiser for the banya, selling it to the highest
bidder. Johnson said that once construction is complete, a minimum bid will be
established based on the program's construction costs and the school will then advertise
for bids. The banya will be delivered to the site of the winning bidder.