This month, Martin’s Supermarkets awarded the industrial arts class in Eau Claire, Michigan with a $1,000 grant.
The industrial arts class combines hard work with life lessons at Eau Claire High School.
“It’s industrial arts, and what our real focus is, teaching them how to be successful in the world of work,” said teacher Ed Emrich.
Emrich spent 25 years in the corporate world before he went back to school to become a teacher. He brings a fresh outlook to the classroom along with some clever ideas.
Like a business lesson based on the popular game corn hole.
“From design which we actually redesigned through marketing, sales, production, all the aspects of the business cycle,” said Emrich.
But it is not just on paper. They plan to really build them, and sell them with students learning every step of the process.
“We just loved the idea because it is going to help us, as a school raise money and start like an entrepreneurship,” said Aaron Birmele, a junior.
Junior Rant Blighton said, “I thought that's cool. That's something different.”
Different for sure! But there is one problem. They have all the tools they need to start production except for…
“Except for a panel saw. As you can see we don't have much room. So to cut accurately panels of plywood that are 4X8 feet we needed a vertical panel saw, and that's what we're going to purchase with that and that's the last thing that we need that's going to put us in motion here,” said Emrich.
The $1,000 school grant will cover the cost of the new saw. Emrich and his students are so grateful.
“Its pretty cool that we can get the saw and we can start making them. I think it is pretty awesome that someone acknowledged that we wrote in.”
“Its real hands on. I teach them how to follow instructions, follow through design, work in teams, and to work safely, so that when they hit the world of work out there they're ready to go,” said Emrich.
Ready to go, with a winning idea.
The class has redesigned the boards to make them more travel friendly. And get this...the Eau Claire Home Ec classes will help too. They are going to make the bean bags for the games.
We will keep you posted on their progress, and when they are ready, we will let you know how you can order a game online.