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Teacher believes in valuable hands-on learning experience
by Sandy Lindsay

November 9, 2015
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Students explained how everything has to be absolutely "square" and fitted
(L) Chris Albert and Terrence Garior-Johnson




New minor baseball dugout roof structures

Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) in Port Elgin continues to work throughout the community on special trades projects.

From building entire structures such as the Saugeen Rail Trail Train Station Head in Port Elgin to the Fairy Lake Pergola in Southampton, classes under the direction of teacher Bud Halpin continue to provide valuable hands-on experience to students entering the trades.

Teacher Bud Halpin (R) instructs the students on the technique of vacuuming to clean up at the end of a project

Nick Bamford assisted with the electrical in the new washroom facility

Last week, November 2nd to 6th, Halpin's class took on building roof frames for the new minor baseball dugouts that are being constructed at Biener Park in Port Elgin.

At the same time, they worked in the Port Elgin airport building to renovate two washrooms and turn them into one 'wheelchair accessible' facility.

"It's good for the students to get out into the community and help with a wide variety of projects in various trades," says Halpin.

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Fairy Lake Pavilion

"We are always looking for projects for the students," adds Halpin.  "Fortunately, the Minor Ball Association has been very good with us and we have built things like benches, and equipment shed and now roof structures for the new planned dugouts."

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