by Chuck Hoven
Plain Press, November 2015 Max Hayes High School’s Building Construction Program served as host to some young guests from Cub Scout Pack 102 from Olmsted Falls on October 16th. The Cub Scouts were put right to work making toolboxes in the Max Hayes Construction Programs new state of the art facility.
Max Hayes Instructor Jim Mulgrew, who invited the eight Cub Scouts, their Pack Leader Jennifer Seward and several parents to Max Hayes, introduced his fellow instructor Jim MacDowell as someone who had achieved the highest rank in scouting – Eagle Scout.
MacDowell then talked to the young scouts about the importance of safety when working with power tools. He showed them his ten fingers and told them he would like to have use of them all when he goes home in the evening.
John Nesta, Construction Curriculum Specialist from the Cleveland Construction and Building Trades Council, and Max Hayes High School construction students joined MacDowell and Mulgrew in the construction room to offer assistance to the cub scouts. The cub scouts, ages 7 to 12, then donned safety glasses and split into smaller groups working under the direction of Max Hayes students and staff to each build their own tool box.
Rafy Lofton, age 9, watched carefully as Instructor MacDowell measured and cut a board for the toolbox using a power saw. Lofton was soon able to begin measuring and cutting a board for his own toolbox with the assistance of Max Hayes seniors David Jimenez, Alfonzo Wilhoite and Dominique Brown.
At a nearby table Max Hayes eleventh grade students Nathan Bostic and Jeffrey Meredith help Cub Scout Adam Harwood, age 12, to use a hand saw to cut a board for his toolbox.
After this project is complete, Nathan Bostic moves to another table to assist Cub Scout Evan Perrell, age 11, as he drills a hole for the handle of the tool box while his father, Robert Perrell looks on.
Meanwhile at a nearby table, Max Hayes 12th Grade Student Erin Johnson assists Evan’s younger brother Gideon Perrell, age 7, who is sanding the top of a board he just cut. After having successfully spelled out his name for a Plain Press reporter, Gideon Perrell is proudly telling Johnson that he had just learned to write his own name.
Nearby Instructor Jim MacDowell, assisted by 10th Grade Max Hayes student Nate Frett, is working with Cub Scout Ethan Nakoneczny, age 10, to drill a hole for a toolbox handle.
Throughout the room other Pack 102 Cub Scouts are working with Instructor Jim Mulgrew, Construction Curriculum Specialist John Nesta, and Max Hayes Building Construction students – measuring, cutting and drilling as they prepare the boards they need to assemble their toolboxes.