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PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONEmmaus High School students designed, crafted and built benches for the Emmaus Remembrance Garden. ABOVE: Emmaus High School students, back row, left to right, Logan Eshleman, Michelle Cox and John Kahle; front row, left to right, Vincent Hernandez and Tyler Skumpija, work together to install 10 new student-made benches at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden May 22. PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONEmmaus High School students designed, crafted and built benches for the Emmaus Remembrance Garden. ABOVE: Emmaus High School students, back row, left to right, Logan Eshleman, Michelle Cox and John Kahle; front row, left to right, Vincent Hernandez and Tyler Skumpija, work together to install 10 new student-made benches at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden May 22.
Tyler Skumpija attaches caps to the foot of a bench before the structure is installed at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden May 22. Tyler Skumpija attaches caps to the foot of a bench before the structure is installed at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden May 22.
The benches built by Emmaus High School students replace deteriorated seating originally in the garden. The benches built by Emmaus High School students replace deteriorated seating originally in the garden.
Students improve on the design of the benches by utilizing dado joints to create a more stable structure. Students improve on the design of the benches by utilizing dado joints to create a more stable structure.
Emmaus High School students Tyler Skumpija, Vincent Hernandez and John Kahle take a break from installation duties and have a seat on one of the new benches. Emmaus High School students Tyler Skumpija, Vincent Hernandez and John Kahle take a break from installation duties and have a seat on one of the new benches.

EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by April Peterson apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Students design to build ‘garden’ benches

Visitors to the Emmaus Remembrance Garden now have new seats thanks to the hard work of students at Emmaus High School.

Students in technical education teacher Eric Smith’s course “Architecture-Design to Build” worked together to design, craft and install 10 benches for visitors to use in the garden, positioning the inviting seats beneath trees and the pergola at the site.

The project encourages and combines problem-solving and community service, Smith said in an interview at the site May 22 while five of his students worked to assemble and install the benches in the garden.

The students improved on the design of benches already at the site, incorporating a dado joint to solve the problem of the backs of the benches separating from the seat due to the choice to attach the bench seat to the back with metal screws. Made of western red cedar wood and coated with a sealant to protect them from the weather, the new benches were made possible thanks to a donation from the EHS Class of 1968 in answer to a wish list request from Emmaus Remembrance Garden Executive Director Dr. Mike Waddell.

Students designed, cut the wood, built and sealed the benches. Approximately 100 man hours went in to the project.

“I show them once and they’re off,” Smith said of his students’ efforts.

The project required no work outside of school hours.

“These won’t fall apart. These will last,” EHS student Michelle Cox said of the benches.

The students also built the barricade featured in the EHS Theater’s production of “Les Miserables: School Edition” in April.