Boardman students ‘build’ a better homecoming with special project

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Boardman High School Industrial Arts Program is busy this week in woodshop class building a better homecoming dance.

Last year, the event was canceled due to the pandemic. This year, it’s back but will be in the gym to allow for better social distancing for the 700 guests, and students will have to wear masks.

Students in Marvin Aeschbacher’s woodshop class thought they would build picnic tables so students can go outside and take breaks.

“I get to help out all my other peers by building all these tables so they have somewhere else to sit. It’s really cool because people will sit on them and I’ll be like, ‘I built one of those tables with one of my peers in woodshop,'” said junior Nate Christmas.

Christmas and his classmates have 10 days left to get it ready for the dance.

“Today, we’re putting the brackets on, then screwing them to the top of the table. Tomorrow, we’ll be putting the seats on,” said Aeschbacher.

“It’s been a long-standing tradition here at BHS. We’re excited to bring it back, and kids are looking forward to it. Several students in the room will be attending and be able to sit on the benches they’re building,” said Boardman High School Principal Mark Zura.

The money to build the picnic tables came from grants.

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