Kennedy High School receives donation for tools
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
All Korrie Shull did was share her predicament with the SEDCOR Construction Alliance members last fall and the next thing she knew, members were eagerly lending their support.
As the agriculture science and technology teacher, and FFA advisor at Kennedy High School in Mount Angel, Shull has been borrowing construction tools from the district’s maintenance department, the IT director who shares the building or her husband to teach her students construction skills.
Thanks to a gift of $2,850 in donations from Withers Lumber Co., Home Depot, the Mount Angel Oktoberfest Board of Directors, and Nick and Ginger Harville, she now has hammers, tape measures, a drill, a portable table saw and more for her classroom.
John Gooley, who is the vice president of sales for Withers Lumber, said his company contributed $1,500, Home Depot $800, Oktoberfest $250 and the Harvilles $300 for a total of $2,850 in donations.
Besides the tools, Shull said she also received a priceless gift – guidance and support from Gooley and Harville, who is the Retention and Expansion Manager for Strategic Economic Development Corporation or SEDCOR.
“Partnering with Nick and John has been invaluable,” Shull said, adding she encourages teachers to make connections with local business leaders. “They have helped to create opportunities for me and my students.”
One such example, Shull said, is she took a tour of G.K. Machine, Inc. in Donald with Harville. After learning about her need for equipment, Dave Hetrick of G.K. Machine donated a hammer drill to Shull's classroom.
Gooley said once Withers Lumber learned Kennedy High School needed contractor tools, it was eager to help out and make a donation. The same was true for Oktoberfest board where Gooley is a member along with Mount Angel contractor Chris Bishoff.
“Whenever we asked, people just stepped up to help,” Harville said.
Shull said the tools mean “everything” to her students.
“I can actually start teaching them hands-on applicable skills,” she said.