Students beautify Alcovy High School
CTI students have real-life experience working outdoors
Thirteen students from Alcovy High School’s Career Technology Instructional program worked up a sweat outdoors on Sept. 8, all to help beautify their school grounds.
As part of their CTI work, the students are required to do a school improvement project every year and this year they decided to help the front of AHS by sprucing things up a bit. The students started a couple of weeks beforehand, spraying weed killer and raking. They then began laying sod on Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. until roughly 1:30 p.m.
The project was considered an on-site field trip for the students. According to CTI Coordinator Chris Newsham, some of the students were interested in careers that involved working outside, be it construction or landscaping, but had no real experience actually doing it, especially in the heat. With this project they were able to see if it were something they might actually be interested in doing with their future.
CTI’s main purpose, according to Newsham, is to provide the students with basic job skills and work experiences. The students – mostly juniors and seniors — work in internships and some assist on campus, while others have part-time jobs – to have work-based training.
“I wanted them to see what it was like working outside in hot weather,” said Newsham. “A lot of these kids are 18 and are leaving high school next year. I wanted to give them a real life experience to see if they enjoyed it.”
A good day’s work: (left to right), Alcovy High School students Scott Boling, Josh Leonard and Terry Yates lay sod at AHS.