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June 4th, 2009
SMHS class helps local family finish house

Jacob Munoz, Tom Landers, Kris Benitez and Jad Prazac.


Tom Landers’ Building Trades class at San Marcos High School recently helped a local family finish the interior of its home after the family encountered a life altering situation that prevented the project from being completed.

In a four-month period, the class, consisting of 17 boys and three girls, did all the interior painting and finished the trim. The final touch came with Abigail Coronado’s back deck design. Coronado was the winner of a class design competition for the deck.

The class also found time to repaint their old shop, now located at the Austin Community College (ACC)-Goodnight Center. The class also built a portable building that the athletic department can use as a ticket booth, helped demolish the former ROTC training yard and replaced nearly 500 feet of six-foot privacy fencing at the ACC-Goodnight Center.

“Needless to say, I am very proud of them,” Landers said. “They did a good job helping this family and learned more than one set of life skills in the bargain.”

Added Landers, “And our students placed second and third in the District Skills USA Carpentry Competition earlier this year.”

Matthew Mayne, Aaron Casillas, Carlos Benitez, John Martinez, Brandon Torres, Abigail Coronado, and Tom Landers work on desk designed by Coronado.

Elyssa Martinez paints the interior of the house.

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0 thoughts on “SMHS class helps local family finish house

  1. I was delighted to read of High School ‘voc’ class (as they were called back in my day), helping other community members (family) as well as their own school district with projects.

    Wish there were more of this type training in local High Schools!

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