IN THE CLASSROOM
How about donating just a bit of your time to help
get the next generation interested in careers in the trades?
Beginning in January, the Technology and Design Classes at Ti High, under the direction of teacher Mike Uchal, will be undertaking a community project to design and build a shelter for the fabulous new Lord Howe sculpture being created especially for Ticonderoga.
Here’s how it works.
This structure will require a little bit of many disciplines. Design, architecture, mechanical/civil engineering, excavating, concrete, carpentry, electrical, roofing, masonry, welding, and landscaping activities will all be included. We’re inviting local professionals in each of these disciplines into the classroom to mentor the students, develop their skills, and help them connect with potential new career paths.
There are 7 students in the “core” Technology class, and another 14 in an industrial design class (mostly freshmen and sophomores). All of them will participate in the design phase. The Technology students will do most of the building. We start in January and will deploy the structure and it’s resident sculpture in early June.
Such a Tiny Commitment for Such a Big Payoff
All it takes is just 1 hour of your time to come work with the kids in their classroom while they work in your area of expertise. They meet every weekday from 11:45 am until 12:45 pm, so its easy to fit into your lunch hour. It is SO fun and satisfying to spend an hour with these kids and their inspired instructor. Who knows, you could be meeting and mentoring your future employees.
Meet Lord Howe
The “object” of our Contractors in the Classroom program is the new Lord Howe sculpture
that will grace the hillside between North Country Community College and the Ticonderoga
Community Center across from Centennial Park. It is the first of a series of wooden historic
figures that will be carved for the town by renowned wood carver Ken Packie of Lee, MA.
A Community Project
Roberta Whiteley and the Ti’Coustics musical community have commissioned the sculpture, the first of several that will be carved in the next few years. Lord Howe and future characters are made possible through donations at the bi-monthly Ti 'Coustics performances and from local businesses. The Town of Ti is providing a home on the hill for our “fellow”, and Builders FirstSource and Aubuchon Hardware have stepped up to provide the materials needed for the shelter. We hope to have more than 20 mentors and partners involved along the way.
The Lord Howe sculpture will be delivered to Ti in January and will be on display in the TiArts Gallery on Montcalm Street through the spring when he will installed on the hill above Centennial Park. Come see him at the Gallery.