Many of the sixth graders are finishing their oak lathe projects just in time for Valentine's Day. Last week they applied three coats of polyurethane and today the vases were waxed and buffed before the flowers are added. Tonight they will be a pleasant Valentine's gift for their mothers.
Galyn Wiemers is the middle school shop teacher at Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School in Dallas Center, Iowa. Mr. Wiemers' classes in the shop consist of an introductory class for sixth graders, 18 modules for seventh grade that include industrial and technological projects and a nine week woodworking class where each eighth grader builds an end table from oak.