Washougal students’ birdhouses add to community garden

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Washougal High School woodworking students created cedar birdhouses for Washougal’s new downtown community garden.

“I love it when a plan comes together,” Washougal Mayor Molly Coston said in a news release issued by the Washougal School District. “This is another example of building wonderful community projects by working together with other groups in Washougal.”

The school’s collaboration with the city of Washougal began last spring when Washougal High wood technology students created birdhouse kits for local children to build for the city’s Hello Spring event, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The materials, donated by Rick’s Custom Fencing, were then sent to students to complete at home during remote learning.

“It was a challenge to get materials to students for them to demonstrate woodworking skills without being in the shop,” Washougal High woodworking teacher Brent Mansell said in the news release. “This project gave students an opportunity to demonstrate learned skills by building a product and helped them do something besides look at a screen. Students take my class to develop trade skills, build projects, and gain employability and needed 21st-century skills. This work facilitated those lessons.”