CONCORD TWP. - Senior students in Auburn Career Center’s construction program have been busy building a ramp for Cardinal High School’s graduation. This ramp will be used to provide accessibility for students in wheelchairs.
“This was a great partnership for our districts. These types of projects are a win-win for everyone. Our Auburn students get hands-on experience designing and building the ramp under the expert guidance of their instructors; and it addresses an accessibility issue which benefits students in one of our local school districts. Auburn takes great pride in giving back to the community and this was a wonderful opportunity to do so,” said Auburn’s Superintendent Margaret Lynch.
Ken Klima, Cardinal’s Board President, and Superintendent Scott Hunt commended Auburn’s students and staff that were involved in with this project.
“They did a great job. The ramp will be a big plus for Cardinal’s wheeled-students for many years to come,” said Klima.
Auburn students take great pleasure in knowing that the skills they acquired are benefiting others. In a group discussion, they explained that there was a lot involved in this project. “We generated a material list, figured out pricing, and also researched the American Disabilities Act to ensure we were in compliance. We wanted to make sure there was room for students in a wheelchair to turn and for someone behind them to be able to move comfortably,” said the students.
There are a number of functional details one might not notice at first glance. The ramp platform has a skid resistant paint that was used to provide extra traction and grip. Life expectancy was also a factor in designing and building this ramp. It is extremely sturdy, but the modular sections can simply be disassembled, stored and reassembled to provide for years of use.
The students said, “Students in wheelchairs are challenged in life all the time. We chose this design because we want them to be able to enter and exit the stage with their graduating class. This wrap around design will allow them to do that.”
“This makes me feel happy about myself, knowing I helped with this,” said Auburn student Dustin Modic.
Kevin Carver is a senior at Cardinal High School and is in Auburn’s construction program. He played an active role in this project.
“It feels great being able to do this. I know Cardinal will be able to use this for many years. We were all part of this. I made a choice to come to Auburn, but this a way for me to be able to do something for Cardinal without even being there. At Cardinal’s graduation, I will be looking at that ramp and know that I helped make that,” said Carver.