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Eufaula City Schools staff check out a container students will be refitting for use as a classroom in Honduras.

EUFAULA – Career tech students in the Eufaula City Schools will join other students around the state in refitting cargo containers for use as classrooms in Honduras.

Students at several schools around the state are designing and remodeling donated cargo containers, which will be shipped to Honduras and transported to a school in a remote area for use as career tech classrooms.

Michelle Eller, director of secondary education for the Eufaula City Schools, said prefabricating the classrooms and shipping them would be easier than trying to build the classrooms on site. The project gives students in Eufaula some practical work experience while also raising their awareness of global issues and volunteerism, Eller said.

“It opens their eyes to what they could do in their hometown,” she said.

Eller got involved in the project after connecting with educator Brian Copes while visiting Honduras.

Copes runs the Skilled Knowledgeable Youth, or SKY, program at Thompson High School in Alabaster. According to its website, SKY provides an in-school, after school and weekend program for middle and/or high school students that teaches them hands-on skills in a variety of industries, academic skills, and job readiness/employability skills while completing projects.

SKY students and students in high schools around the state are building different career tech classrooms in the containers. For example, Copes’ group is building a computer lab in their container, while Eufaula students will build a carpentry classroom in theirs. Another school is at work on a welding lab.

Career tech students from various disciplines are working on the project. In Eufaula, engineering students are designing the classroom while agriculture students are building it.

The program is still looking for more schools to pitch in on the project, Eller said.

“I don’t care who jumps in with me,” she said.

The containers Eller’s group are using were purchased with funds donated by the Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Council.

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