Jerry Starns explained the significance of the contributions to the ATC
American Woodmark Foundation Team
Front Row (l-r): Melissa Stevens – Training Tech, Katie Thrasher – Purchasing, Tiffany Hancock – Quality Tech, ATC Principal John Kinnett, Larry Hensley – Plant Manager, Superintendent Wayne Roberts
Back Row (l-r): Ashley Rogers – Door Clamp Crew, Tate Cook – Training Coordinator, Jerry Starns – Lumber Buyer
(l-r) ATC Principal John Kinnett was presented with a check from American Woodmark by Plant Manager Larry Hensley
(l-r) Jerry Starns, John Kinnett, Larry Hensley chatted with Superintendent Wayne Roberts.
Wayne County Middle School appreciated a donation from American Woodmark
(l-r) Teachers Moddie Miller, Katherine Kidd, Tiffany Hancock, and daughter Scotlynn Evans
Madelyn Frogge, Adysen Orr, Moddie Miller, and Katherine Kidd
Teacher Moddie Miller explained how the money would be used to help the School Store
21st Century Coordinator Katherine Kidd talked about the help her after school program will receive
Moddie Miller and American Woodmark employees enjoyed seeing how the classroom store operates
WCMS student Adysen Orr explained some of the store's bookeeping methods with American Woodmark employees Katie Thrasher and Melissa Stevens
GT Students listen to the announcement of the contribution towards their overseas studies
WCHS GT Students appreciated the help from American Woodmark
(left) GT Teacher Jennifer Chaplin explained how the contribution will help her students.
American Woodmark makes a difference for Wayne County Schools
Wayne County/Area Technology Center administrators, teachers and students were very appreciative of several monetary contributions American Woodmark Corporation made recently to three worthy programs. The local cabinet manufacturing Foundation Team visited the Wayne County School campus to deliver checks at three different buildings.
Their first stop was at the Area Technology Center (ATC) where Principal John Kinnett and Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts greeted the team. Superintendent Roberts thanked Woodmark Plant Manager Larry Hensley and the team for all of their continued contributions to the local school system. In particular, he appreciated the contribution for supplies in the new career pathways being established that will eventually be housed in the new career building. Ground has just recently been broken as summer vacation began for the future state-of-the-art facility to be located directly behind the high school.
Kinnett noted, “Woodmark has been an industry partner since they moved to Wayne County and have donated materials and employed several of our current and former students. We are extremely happy for the donation and it will allow us to provide a positive learning experience for students at Wayne County Area Technology Center.”
The ATC is offering new career pathways in Industrial Maintenance Technology which includes: Electrical Technician and Maintenance Mechanic training. The new classes are Industrial Electricity, Fluid Power, Industrial Motor Control, Project Logic Controls and Robotics. The donation will help to purchase equipment and supplies for this new program. Industrial Maintenance Technology will begin in the fall of 2018 for ninth and tenth grade students. It will be housed in the ATC accounting classroom for one year and then it will have a modern lab and classroom when they move into the new building in 2019.
Next, the Foundation Team visited the Wayne County Middle School where they were greeted by 21st Century Coordinator Katherine Kidd. She had written a grant asking for funding for the school store that is part of a student motivation program, as well as funds for supplies that the 21st Century after school program grant does not cover.
Cardinal Bucks Store Coordinators Moddie Miller and Sharon Hill appreciated the donation to the store, which has been a successful entrepreneurship opportunity for the 15 students that operate it.
“The store offers us a real life experience,” said WCMS student Madelyn Frogge.
Adysen Orr added, “It is really fun. We have learned actual skills that help us keep the store organized and running smoothly.”
The Foundation Team visited the store while they were in the building and were able to chat with students about the daily routines involved in running a store. The student body has earned close to $20,000 in Cardinal Bucks that teachers award them for positive behavior in the classrooms, hallways, and areas of the school. Then they use their Cardinal Bucks to purchase items chosen from a varied inventory that are displayed in the store.
Middle school students are fortunate to have programs like the school store and the 21st Century after school and summer camp to take advantage of each school year.
The Foundation Team also visited the high school where they met with Gifted and Talented Coordinator Jennifer Chaplin and her study abroad students in the media center. They were delighted to receive a contribution that will go into the 44 students’ EF payment accounts to help with the cost of the upcoming fall Italy trip. The eight-day trip is set for October 6-13. Students have participated in fund raising efforts to help with expenses. The educational trip is one of three upcoming study trips for local students.
On June 20th four students are headed to Journey Down Under where they will visit New Zealand and Australia for 12 days. They are partnering with four other school groups that they will travel with them on the trip. The third trip planned for summer 2019 is a D-day trip to England and France. So far 14 local travelers have signed up and enrollment is still underway.