BENEFITING: INWOOD ACADEMY FOR LEADERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL
At Inwood Academy, we strive to ensure that all 950 students have everything they need to succeed. To help achieve this goal, we provide excellent academic instruction and college readiness programs as well as special programs designed to engage students in school while acquiring career and life skills. Woodworking is one example of the innovative initiatives we offer.
The majority of our scholars came to Inwood Academy in the fifth grade two to four grades levels behind, and as a result, are frequently frustrated and disengaged with school and traditional academic coursework, in particular. For many of these students, woodshop classes have bolstered their interest in school and given them opportunities to succeed, resulting in a more positive attitude in all of their courses.
Take Rangel, who just made a beautiful jewelry box in oak, or Hanel, who made a pair of handmade drumsticks from tiger maple, or Stephanie who made cutting boards from white oak, accented by some bloodwood and walnut or Moises who made a set of gigantic dominoes. Rangel, Hanel, Stephanie, and Moises, like so many of our students, are drawn to a more hands-on style of learning, where they can acquire the skills needed to promote career readiness. To better serve these students, we started to combine career training with academics as a way to get them more interested in pursuing a post-secondary education, which may be a certificate from a trade institution or attending a two-year school or a four-year college.
Our woodworking students are exposed to sequential coursework that provides them with a foundational overview of the skills needed to be successful in the woodworking/construction industry: technical drawing, measurement, safety, and tool usage through project-based learning and collaboration with industry professionals. We are tremendously proud of this work, and know that we can expand its impact with upgrades to our workshop including better materials, tools and equipment. With a limited budget for special programs, we need to raise $30,000 to make these crucial program enhancements.
You can support Inwood Academy’s High School woodshop program with a gift of:
• $250 will buy one set of measuring tools or a set of hammers, wrenches & pliers
• $500 will buy one set of clamps or finishing materials including paint and stain or shop mats
• $750 will buy a table saw outfeed table
• $1,500 will buy instrument making jigs—for the guitar making class
• $2,000 will buy either a professional wood planer or professional wood jointer or professional stationary sanders or lumber or storage racks & cabinets
• $5,000 will buy work benches or a dust collection system or lumber and shop and hardware materials
Most of the tools in the woodshop are used or in need of repair and much of the equipment, like workbenches, cabinets, or shop mats are handmade out of scrap materials or old furniture used as storage. Other materials and equipment are non-existent or inadequate, like tools, equipment, and storage for paint and lumber.