The school’s 85 third-grade students took hammers in hand to pound nails into wooden blocks that would become Valentine’s card holders, ring-toss games and small model lawn mowers.
Principal Fred Medina, watching amid the racket, said North students don’t often get a chance to express their creativity with such a craft project, and woodworking gave them a new skill.
“It’s all about working with your hands,” Medina said. “We’re always looking for creativity for our students.”
The supplies were donated by Tracy Home Depot through a program the home improvement store offers for students up to third grade.
As students brushed water-based paint onto their creations, Medina said it was the first time North School had participated, but he hoped to bring the program back for other classes.
“We need this experience, we need this in our classrooms,” he said. “It gives kids an opportunity working on creative projects.”
Home Depot employee Maria Hernandez helped the third-graders assemble their projects, straightening a bent nail or fixing a wheel.
It was her first time working with students, and she said they were doing well with their assembly skills.
“The first time they see they can build things — they say, ‘I can do this,’” she said.
The students all received carpenter’s aprons and got to take home their completed craft projects.
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