“I have the most amazing set of students,” Gurnell said.
The same students put their construction skills to work earlier this fall to build a new pulpit and mantle for St. Mark Lutheran Church. The church sits right across the street from DHS. Pastor Aaron Glaeske said Mrs. Gurnell approached him at an event to ask if his church needed anything her students could provide.
“We were going to have to hire it out and it would have cost us quite a bit,” Pastor Glaeske said. “I would say a ballpark figure the kids and the school probably saved us in the neighborhood of 800 dollars. It was tremendous.”
Gurnell said the community service projects have given students opportunities to learn real world lessons.
“The kids are learning time management, how to be efficient with limited resources and practical solutions to unexpected changes on the job site,” Gurnell said.