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Construction students build skills through real-life applications

Measuring, cutting boards, nailing wood and prepping to hang rafters are all in a day’s work for the construction students of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. The students are working diligently to complete a storage building this semester.

The building will house competition and workout gear for the 250-member LFO Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Construction began last semester on the 10-by-12 foot structure. The building materials were prefabricated in the construction classroom; the walls and floor were built indoors.

Students removed a tarp from the top of the building mid-February to begin work on the 14 rafters. LFO construction teacher Mike Mayfield said the building will be entirely enclosed with no windows for security purposes; the door will remain locked, he added.

“We build storage buildings for training,” said Mayfield. “We learn about safety, measuring, how to read blueprints and math skills.”

JROTC Army instructor 1st Sgt. Anthony Heath said he is excited to have the assistance and more storage space for his cadets’ gear.

“This is a great thing,” said Heath. “We have a lot of materials that get dirty. We will put sandbags in the building that the Raider Team uses. They have to carry them through water and mud, and when we bring them back from events we have no place to store them. If we leave sandbags out the bags could rot.”

The JROTC program has $140,000 worth of uniforms that are stored inside the JROTC building, according to Heath, who prefers that the gear that gets dirty be housed in the storage building separately from the uniforms. In addition to the sandbags, muddy litters, cooking grills, camping equipment and gear and walkers for cadets will be stored in the building.

JROTC Army instructor Lt. Col. Paul Harwart said he is also grateful to parents for donating two 5-gallon pales of paint for the storage building, which should be enough to help with other projects as well.

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