Eufaula students transform shipping container into classroom for students abroad

Students at Eufaula High School celebrated the completion of a hands-on service learning project that will provide educational resources to students thousands of miles away. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Students at Eufaula High School celebrated the completion of a hands-on service learning project that will provide educational resources to students thousands of miles away. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) - Students at Eufaula High School celebrated the completion of a hands-on service learning project that will provide educational resources to students thousands of miles away.

For the last three months, students worked to transform a shipping container into a classroom for students in Honduras.

"We got the container and it was empty. Good shape, but just a big steel can. We had to convert it into a wood working classroom," said AgriScience Instructor Buster Padgett.

Students worked on the design and built the classroom from the ground up.

"We had to measure and find the studs," said junior Gabe Hartley. "It was a little tricky putting up the ceiling."

The wood workshop is part of a vocational school for students in Honduras - providing a place for students to learn skills that can transfer into employment opportunities.

"The whole purpose of education – be it here or there – is giving someone the opportunity to learn so they can be productive and independent and become better citizens," said Padgett.

"I hope they'll have a good time learning what we've learned from putting it together and I hope they'll have a different opportunity than what they originally had," said freshman Maegan Hutto.

As much as this project was about helping create a learning experience for students in Honduras – it was also a learning experience for students at Eufaula High School – teaching skills that can be transferred in jobs.

"It was a good learning experience for me too because I like to build and hopefully they'll like to build too," said junior Daquavious Jones.

"They know how to hold a hammer or use a screwdriver or which type of screws are best," said Padgett.

The project also taught students life skills.

"Teamwork, having to be able to work together," said Hartley, "Everybody trying to reach the same goal, trying to hurry and get this done to send this thing off."

The project was a school-wide effort with different academic academies within the school assisting. Students also held a shoe and medical relief drive to provide aid for Honduras.

The effort also extended to the community – the tools inside the classroom and money to fund the project were made possible through donations from the community.

The shipping container classroom is one of several created from students across Alabama.

The classroom will be shipped next week.

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