Entering the high school one would never guess there is an Industrial Arts classroom in the school; however, right above the warming kitchen is a second floor that houses a table saw, band saw, and various other tools for student use. DCHS offers the one-credit, full-semester elective course to any junior or senior enrolled either as a full-time or part-time student. In the past, students have constructed theater sets, outdoor sheds, school bookshelves, and various other items for the school, themselves, and others. Recently after the students cleaned up the shop, the Industrial Arts teacher Mr. Jeff Donihue challenged them to design and construct any item of their choice with materials left over from previous projects.

“This lesson actually had a three-fold purpose,” said Mr. Donihue. “First, my goal was for them to learn how not to waste materials; how to recycle opposed to buying new. Secondly, building the projects enables the students to get acquainted and comfortable with the power tools. And, finally, since they had to design their own projects, they had to tap into some creative and practical skills which required them to think on their own.”