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WPSD Welding Class Receives Generous Donation From Community Members
The Woodland Park School District (WPSD) is proud to announce that it has received a generous donation of $6,000 for its popular welding class at the Woodland Park High School (WPHS).
This donation will be used to purchase materials needed for the students to continue learning and developing their welding skills. Mick Bates, a local business owner, and a newly-appointed school board member, was inspired to initiate a fundraising effort after a student discussed the program’s difficulties due to the rise in steel prices. He took it upon himself to contact other members of the local community and businesses for support.
“Every person I asked participated quickly, without hesitation,” said Bates, who was recently appointed to a vacant school board spot. “This speaks volumes about the people in this community and their commitment to the education of our students and their futures.”
Welding is a crucial trade that is in high demand, and the school district is committed to providing students with the best education and training possible. This donation will go a long way in ensuring students have access to materials necessary to prepare them for the workforce after graduation.
This donation falls on the heels of the SkillsUSA Region V Welding Competition, where five WPHS welders placed in the top 20, including first and second-place wins.
Welding program instructor Gary Adamson has been leading this class for the past 18 years and explains what this donation means to the program., “This generous donation is a game changer for our welding program; it will be incredibly helpful by allowing us to obtain base metal, filler rod, gases, and other consumables allowing students to develop their skills to their fullest potential,” said Adamson. The welding instructor also noted, “I am grateful for the incredible support from our community, and I am confident our graduates will leave the program with the knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the welding industry.”
“The WPHS welding class and WPSD would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Bates for coordinating the fundraiser and to all who generously donated. This donation is a testament to the community’s support for education and their belief in the future of our students,” according to a press release by the school district.
New Boys’ Swim Team Ready to Dive Into the Competitive Waters
The Woodland Park School District (WPSD) announced last week that a high school boys swim team is joining the spring season lineup starting this year.
According to school officials, this is a fantastic opportunity for young men who wish to compete at the high school level and proudly represent Woodland Park High School (WPHS). Did you know WPHS already has a successful girls’ swim team?
As evidence of their success, five members of the team participated in the state championship this year and delivered a remarkable performance, bringing great pride to the school! The district is eagerly anticipating the success of the boys’ swim team as they strive to compete in the state championship!
The WPHS boys swim team will practice regularly and compete against other schools in the region. All interested students are encouraged to contact the WPHS athletic department if they have any questions or want more information.
You can reach the athletic department by calling the school’s main line at 719-686-2067 and asking for the athletic department.
The Woodland Park RE-2 School District is located at 155 Panther Way, Woodland Park, CO 80863. Call (719) 686-2000 or visit us at http://wpsdk12.org