LAKEVIEW — Imagine a school that operates almost entirely without tuition or tax dollars, one that is self sufficient.
That’s a scenario likely to remain imaginary, unfortunately, but Dave Albert’s Lakeview High School shop class comes close.
For the past several years, the class has taken on at least one commercial project in order to raise money for materials, equipment and other miscellaneous classroom expenses. Past years’ projects have included adirondack chairs and folding TV trays. Albert’s students are currently filling orders for Mason jar holders, 350 of them, to be exact.
That’s how many were pre-sold by Albert’s mass production class. With a selling price of $10 per unit, that adds up to enough money to purchase a new laser engraver or some other piece of equipment to add to the shop’s already impressive collection of woodworking apparatus.
Some of the money also goes toward funding a field trip later this month to Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon.
According to Albert, the class has more than earned the trip.
“I really wanted to highlight this class because they sold 115 more projects than any other class,” Albert said. “They sold a total of 350 projects. I am really proud of this mass production class and extremely thankful to the community for continually supporting us.”
Though only one of Albert’s seven shop classes concentrates on commercial products, students from one other class — one working on a cedar strip canoe — also helped sell the Mason jar holders.
“I wanted to give them a chance to go on this trip also,” Albert said.
Student Joe Cole was the school’s top seller, selling 22 projects.
Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen praised the class’ incentive and work ethic, saying, “That class, with the exception of the teacher salary, is pretty much self-sufficient. They pay for all their own materials and equipment.”
The class also takes part in community projects such as Santa’s Workshop, which provides hand crafted toys to several area children each year.