Stu­dents beau­tify Al­covy High School

CTI stu­dents have real-life ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing out­doors

The Covington News - - Education - By Am­ber Pittman

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.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

A good day’s work: (left to right), Al­covy High School stu­dents Scott Bol­ing, Josh Leonard and Terry Yates lay sod at AHS.

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