Galion Schools and Pioneer partner for facilities improvements
Students from the Carpentry program at Pioneer Career & Technology Center put the skills they’re learning in the classroom to work recently in the Galion community. Juniors and seniors replaced the shingles on the dugouts and press box at the baseball field at Heise Park.
The project was the idea of Galion City School District Superintendent Jim Grubbs, who sent a request to Pioneer Carpentry instructor Doug Zimmerman to gauge Pioneer’s interest in helping the Galion community.
“Mr. Grubbs knew it would benefit the school baseball team and the Pioneer carpentry students,” said Zimmerman. “The project helped the Galion Schools save money while affording the students to use their carpentry skills and help the community of Galion.”
The Pioneer Carpentry students, including three Galion High School students, began the project Nov. 28 and completed the work Dec. 8. GHS students involved in the project included Kaleb Scherer (senior), Chandler Staats (senior) and Kimberlyn Ousley (junior).
“I enjoyed working on the project, even with it being cold outside,” said Staats. “I am glad we could help the community, and this is something I will remember for a long time.”
“I enjoy carpentry at Pioneer because I get valuable real-world experience,” said Ousley. “Plus, I get to give back to the community.”
Projects like this illustrate the longstanding positive relationship between Pioneer and its partner school districts. According to Greg Nickoli, Pioneer Superintendent, projects out in Pioneer’s partner communities provide students with opportunities to practice "professional skills" in real-world situations.
“Our students learn to communicate and interact with customers and the importance of meeting
customer expectations,” said Nickoli. “Projects in our communities allow our students to be fully engaged in hands-on learning in real-world situations that provide a service to our partner districts. They also create a great sense of pride when a student can drive by, see their work and know, ‘I did that!’”
“I want to thank Mr. Zimmerman and his Carpentry students for doing a great job in completing this project,” said Grubbs. “It was great to see Galion students working on a project that has a direct impact on their community, and I hope they are proud of the work they did at Heise Park.”