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Residential Structures students Rachael Graepel and Casey Crum saw wood for the new tourist information booth.

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OESJ Residential Structures students construct a new tourist information booth in downtown St. Johnsville.

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Dan Hart helps construct the tourist information booth.

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OESJ Student Conrad Flanders helps construct the new tourist information booth Tuesday.


OESJ students build tourist information booth

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Updated: 1:58 AM


C-S-E Editor

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The 11 students of OESJ Central School District's Residential Structures class installed a building in downtown St. Johnsville Tuesday that they've been constructing at the school for the past two months. The spacious structure, when complete in about a month's time, will serve as the village of St. Johnsville's tourist information booth.

Monday, the building was moved from the school to its new, permanent home at the intersection of Main and Division streets. Tuesday, the class worked on the structure on site, beginning roof, door, window, and panelling installation. Normally, the Residential Structures class would work entirely inside the classroom, an experience that only mimics the construction of a building.

In March, St. Johnsville business owner Carmen Licari approached the class on behalf of the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce, expressing a need for such a building downtown.

Residential Structures Teacher Kristy Shafer said, "This is the first year we've had an opportunity to do a full structure like this and give the kids that experience."

"It's excellent for the school to be able to give back to the community and the experience the kids have been able to get as a result is unmatchable. I can't give them this kind of experience without the community wanting us to do something for them, so it's a great relationship to have."

Shafer said that if the structure isn't complete by the end of the month, she and volunteers will finish it this summer.

Joshua Thomas - Eli Engle measures a portion of the new tourist information booth's roof during Tuesday's construction.


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