A few weeks back on Wednesday, December 8, 32 McClymonds High School students joined us for a series of 3-Hour Tasters—the final free classes for McClymonds students of the year. Every student who registered attended and they were some of our most enthusiastic participants yet.
McClymonds High Schoolers learned new skills in six different areas—MIG Welding, Glass Flameworking, Blacksmithing, Glass Fusing, Leatherworking, and Ceramics. Brandon, a first-time participant in the Leatherworking class, created a set of one-of-a-kind bracelets decorated with stamps and dye. It was a class he’d been eager to take.
“Leather was my first pick,” he explained, “And Blacksmithing was my second. I’m going to come back and take that one next.”
The majority of students were exploring the industrial arts for the first time, but Raven was a returning student in Ceramics. “I took this class a few weeks back and loved it,” she shared while glazing her mug. The excitement from participants has been a big influence in getting other McClymonds high schoolers on board, which has only increased the impact of the program for students and accompanying educators.