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Last Friday was another amazing day at WES as we welcomed guests from our surrounding communities for Jobs on the Move—Building Trades. For more than an hour, students met and talked to local builders and listened to them explain how they became successful in their trades.

Both wearing orange shirts that read "No Job too Big or Small," Roger Zeno from Zeno's Home Maintenance and his son Riley, WES 4th grader, built a 2x4 wall frame right in the gym to demonstrate how walls are put together. Jim Strout, retired plumber from Orford showed students and staff how to build a trap with PVC piping. Bill Nunn and Robert Baker, of the Twin State Woodturners Club brought samples of hand-made wood items like cups, ball point pens, and bowls and explained how they use a lathe to create their wares. Nate Pero, local Native American expert, demonstrated masonry by bringing old bricks and explaining the intricacies of how they were made. He even poured cement in front of the kids to show them how to fit bricks and make a planter. Matthew Agrella-Sevilla from Timber Homes in Vershire, demonstrated post and beam construction.

wse 0602 2A special thanks to all of our presenters and a HUGE thank you to Mrs. O'Hearn for gathering these great builders and bringing them to our school.

We are working on our own building projects around Westshire. Thanks to the hard work of our Farm to School team and a generous donation from VerShare, on Sunday, June 15th garden beds will be made for each of our classrooms. The five beds will create "rays" around our Three Sister's Garden. Chip Powers and the pre-school team did an amazing job this past weekend adding natural elements to the current pre-school playground. They added a bike path that will encircle all of our gardens. Chip will also help create a larger natural playscape by the playground in the back of the school. Thanks to a grant by the Vermont Rural Partnership, we have $2,000 to begin the work. One more piece of equipment will be arriving in late June, a climbing structure that will accompany our other playground pieces. There will be volunteer opportunities this month so if you can help with any of our projects, please let us know.

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We are fortunate to live in a wonderful community that values its children and its school. Thank you to everyone involved in making Westshire Elementary the best school it can be!

June 2, 2014 Newsletter