12/11/2009: "$3K To School Tech Bld"
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The building at FHHS (Friday Harbor High School) used for technology classes has received a $3,000.00 donation from a local car club, the San Juan Cruisers.
SJC President David Stegman and Cruiser membership " wanted to support the Auto Tech program and learned that funding was an obstacle to adding a garage door and some partitions to the building."
Without hesitation, they offered to pay for all the materials for this remodel. They also offered to help with the labor to complete the remodel but, as it turned out, FHHS teacher Cecil Dent donated all the labor for the remodel himself.
As a result of the remodel, the Auto Tech capability has expanded significantly. Larry Wight of the FHHS said "We can now support larger classes. In addition, before the remodel we were limited in the size of the projects by the width of the doors. As a result we could, with effort, bring an engine into the shop but nothing bigger. Now we can bring an entire automobile into the shop where we can develop skills around brakes, steering, transmissions, charging and electrical systems, and auto body repairs."
Current projects in the shop include rebuilding a 1070 Ford 400 cid engine, working on a 1966 Buick GS, rebuilding an outboard motor, and repowering a lawn tractor with a diesel engine. Past Story
To visit the new shop and, perhaps visit one of the classes (or make a donation), please contact Larry Wight at 622-6586