Before students transitioned to digital learning, Bob the Builder had nothing on the Lindley Middle School STEM Academy students who tried their hands as masons and hit the ground running on their school’s new outdoor learning area.
Community partner Argos Cement hosted 26 amazing STEM students recently for an outstanding and tremendously fun masonry class, all to prepare them to eventually contribute to Lindley’s planned, patio-like learning space.
The enthusiastic and creative students took Argos’ offsite bricklaying course, donning hard hats and trowels and participating in the world of beveling and bonding. Guys and girls learned the artistry of the mason with associated lessons and some impressive results. The plan is to show off their handiwork on the brick seating walls and pillars of their upcoming school project, which will accommodate inquiring young minds for generations to come!
The $20,000 outdoor classroom was envisioned by Lindley’s former principal, Dr. Dana Giles, and was designed by Joshua Frazier, an eighth grade STEM student. The PTSA Board, teachers, and students collaborated with the following companies on this exciting learning project:
- Argos Cement – provided training, cement, masonry.
- Café Social House – Gloria Smith, owner.
- Carroll Daniel Construction – grading and construction consulting (They are also contractors for the new Cobb Innovation and Technology Academy, scheduled to welcome students in August 2020.
- Meridian Brick – gifted brick and masonry materials.
- State Farm Insurance – Veronica Adadevoh.
“It is amazing what a simple question like, “Can you help us?” will do in getting a project completed,” said PTSA Co-President William Frazier of the generosity and the learning opportunities provided by Lindley’s partners. “This is the basic story of how great things can happen for schools and students when people work together!”