Students recycle furniture into animal rescue display

The sophomores in Carpentry started their challenge with the idea of giving old office furniture a new home, and soon associated that with rescuing abandoned animals. And they were off! Under the direction of their Carpentry Teacher Mark Whittier, they took the pile of old furniture dropped off by The Furniture Trust and began brainstorming for the Eco-Carpentry Challenge Whittier has entered for the past three years. After designing their plans, they got busy building, "The Animal Rescue Farm" that they will enter in the annual competition on Thursday. Whittier won the first place award two years ago, and came in second last year. 

"We thought about how we were saving the materials from being thrown out like the animals get saved," said Angel Hernandez, a sophomore from Haverhill. "It was a really fun project and I learned a lot. It was the first time I painted and worked with metal."

Students transformed pieces of punched metal once used for office partitions into tables and chairs, crafted wooden food bowls and cut up old cabinets to build their display. While building, they learned how to cut circles on a table saw using a jig, said Nick York, a sophomore from Groveland, and how to work well with their peers. "There was a lot of team building," he said. "We came out of it a better group because we got to work together more than we normally would." They will compete Thursday, May 4th against nine other schools at the District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston. The goals of the event are for students to develop creative carpentry skills while demonstrating their commitment to recycling by creating new projects from used furniture. 

Carpentry students who participated are: Nathan Angus, Julia Arango, Dalvin Batista, Joseph Cahill, Izaiah DeLosSantos, Richard Giarrusso, Julian Hallahan, Natalie Harriman, Angel Hernandez, Jeremy Higgins, Allison O'Connor, Nevaeh Pitcher, Vanessa Rodriquez, Anthony Silva, Carlos Then-Torres, Nicholas York, James Calvi, Jordan Flete, Chase Germaine, Kaitlyn Macduff, Serena Muniz, Ethan Rousseau, George Shionis, Trevor Spaulding, Trinity Stanton and Eric Towne. Metal Fabrication students who helped are: Sophomores John McCarthy and Devin Luleich and Senior Rachel Wendt with Instructors Mr. Pare and Mr. Palmer.