Construction students refurbish benches
Spring brings with it so many wonderful things — flowers, birds and more reasonable temperatures. There is nothing like a nice bench to sit down on for a few minutes to take it all in.
Thanks to the work of students in Richard Thomas’ Construction and Plumbing class, residents at the Grove at Valhalla, located next door to the Center for Career Services campus, will be able to enjoy the season even more on refurbished benches.
Through the years, Mr. Thomas’ class has worked on about 30 benches for the rehabilitation and nursing facility. Mr. Thomas said this year a number of benches needed considerable work.
In some instances, the benches needed major repairs in order for them to be functional. Students spent time sanding them down and applying finish.
Christian Thompkins, a senior at New Rochelle High School, said students worked on between eight and 10 benches this winter, each of which was sanded down, coats of primer were added and once completely dry, more primer was added for a total of four to five coats.
Student Andrew Simpson, a senior at Ardsley High School, said he and his classmates simply went from one bench to the next ensuring all the work was done.
“I enjoyed the project,” Elijah Rodak, also senior at Ardsley High School, said.
An added benefit, Christian said, was the project served as another way for him and his classmates to get to know one another as they worked.
“We all work together, going the same pace,” he said.
The project benefits the facility by keeping the benches in good shape, and it helps his students hone their construction skills.
“This was a great project working with the senior community and they really appreciated our efforts,” Mr. Thomas said.