Westside High School at George Christian Educational Center, 22368 South Sixth Street in South Dos Palos, invites the public to their Open House and Winter Bazaar.

On Dec. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. classrooms will be open. Marvelous wonderland projects designed and constructed by Industrial Arts students are for sale.

Students are excited to offer holiday gifts and decorations designed and produced at the school. These items are offered at the Winter Bazaar for cash purchase.

Industrial Arts and Drafting teacher, Bob Hanning, reports that “The students have been working in high gear. With the annual holiday bazaar sale around the corner, no moment is wasted.”

Students designed a multitude of Christmas trees in various styles and colors. Wooden trees sit on the floor or tabletop. Some have “branches” that are shelves for displaying ornaments or gifts. The Christmas cactus tree is enchanting.

Outdoor decoration items include reindeer, sleds, gnomes and snowmen stakes. All items are designed and constructed from repurposed wood by Westside students.

Christmas style stakes convey the message, “Have a Very Merry Christmas.” Message signs bid “Let it Snow” “Noel” and “Merry and Bright.”

For a Christmas countdown get “Ho Ho Ho (__) days to go.” The blank is a mini chalkboard, so the number of days until Christmas can be updated daily.

Santas come in a variety of designs. For a custom look, choose a doggie or gnome Santa.

Holiday decorative display fences can be a backdrop or standalone display. They can hold Christmas stockings or cards. Holiday designs on items include stars and snowflakes. A lucky buyer will get a wooden gingerbread house.

Gift buyers find assorted wooden items. Utility boxes, curio shelves and occasional tables are possible selections. Welcome signs make a nice gift that can be displayed year-round.

Through the industrial arts program students discover how to repurpose materials. They learn to design new pieces using materials gleaned from furniture, doors, pallets and such. Students are encouraged to imagine a design and are guided through steps to completion.

Bob Hanning teaches safety first. In the campus shop, students learn how to safely handle and properly use tools and equipment. Students must always first pass a safety test before using any equipment. They are issued safety gear to use in the shop.

The major purpose of projects is for students to understand the basics of industrial arts construction. Students are taught to measure, cut, sand, drill, blast, paint and more.

The students learn how to draft a project and make a plan to bring their idea to fruition. To accomplish their goals, students learn how to follow directions and heed specific instruction.

Students discover the advantage of teamwork. As with all significant projects, challenges occur. They learn to solve problems together as projects take shape. They experience the sense of accomplishment by following through to a finished project.

Come to the Westside Holiday Bazaar to marvel and possibly purchase amazing, repurposed wood projects that the Industrial Arts and Drafting students have for sale. They invitingly say, “Load up on holiday gifts for yourself and others.”

Students and staff look forward to seeing everyone.

Janet Miller

Janet Miller is a freelance writer specializing in family faith. She offers Family Prayers and Activities: Weekly Guides on compact disc for families to explore the Bible together. Email jmiller@dospalos.org.