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Mr. Partridge, technology teacher, points out how an old trunk will soon become a new treasure.

Mr. Partridge, technology teacher, points out how an old trunk will soon become a new treasure.

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Mr. Partridge, technology teacher, points out how an old trunk will soon become a new treasure.

Michaliah LiVecche, Staff Writer

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Anyone who has watched HGTV knows there’s a market for older items that have been repurposed. This is the inspiration for the latest and final  project in Mr. Partridge’s Creativity and Innovation class.

The school provides students with $20 each to help them buy what they need. When a project is sold, the school gets its $20 and the students keep the profit. Mr Partridge, technology teacher, pointed out, “I thought kids might get into it if they knew they could make some money.”

In fact, some students did just that. Over the weekend, some of the students sold their projects at Hollywood Happening.

For the Creativity and Innovation class, the first project the students worked on was building a simple box to get them familiar with the tools. The students then restored an old clock and put their own personal twist on it.

The class’ final endeavor, repurposing an older object, challenged students to see the potential in items that essentially look like junk to most of us. Students worked on a variety of projects.

Junior Skyler Lindquist just finished making a chandelier out of an old wagon wheel. Lindquist talked about how much she appreciated the class. “I like to do hands-on work,” she said. “This class is all hands on.”

Lindquist also talked about a feeling of community in the class. “Everybody helps each other, especially with ideas,” she said.

A few students added places within their projects to hold wine bottles. Mr. Partridge commented that these types of household items are “in” right now.

Mr. Partridge has worked on projects of his own and said he sold a recent one even before finishing it. He used a garden tray and modified it to hold wine bottles and glasses.

He also sanded down a washboard and put chalkboard paint on it.

Mr. Partridge said he and his students enjoyed their trip to Hollywood Happening, showing off their creations ‒ and making a few extra dollars in the process.

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