Drafting Students Put Their Skills to Use

Drafting Students Put Their Skills to Use to Help the Community
Posted on 03/11/2019
Students at T.C. Roberson High School are learning about drafting in class and then putting those skills to work in an important community service project.

Instructor Weston McKinney says this is his first year teaching Drafting III and searched for a way for his students to be a part of a hands-on demonstration of their curriculum. After brainstorming with a colleague, he decided to reach out to Habitat for Humanity. He signed his students up for a mid-February project in Arden.

“Throughout the day, I would take a moment to stop and take pictures [of the students working],” Mr. McKinney said. “During these moments, a feeling of joy would overcome me. It’s hard to explain. You put so much time, energy, and effort into your instructional time and teaching, and when the students finally get it, it is like a sigh of relief. The emotions I felt that day were happiness, joy, a sense of accomplishment, and encouragement.”

His students, who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors, said they are inspired to do more volunteer work, and it was satisfying to see the finished product. They enjoyed giving back to their community and working as a team!

“This group of students, without any doubt, worked their tails off,” McKinney said. “From the word ‘go,’ they did not stop unless it was break time. I witnessed laughing, joking, team bonding, and team unity as the day progressed. I believe it brought us closer together as a class. I was like a proud dad!”

Drafting is considered an elective as a part of the Architecture & Construction Cluster of the Buncombe County Schools CTE curriculum.

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