Lakeville Area middle school students who are taking industrial tech classes now have a new tool to use thanks to a donation passed on from Lakeville North High School industrial technology teacher, Kevin Baas. On Friday, September 20, Baas presented a new DeWalt double bevel sliding compound miter saw and work table to Pete Mommsen, the industrial tech teacher for all three middle schools. Kenwood Trail Middle School principal Kate Eisenthal, School Board Treasurer and Friends of the Lakeville Area Arts Center member Bob Erickson, and Lakeville Arts Center manager Joe Masiarchin were also there to help present the tools.
The saw and table were originally donated to Baas and his high school program by the Friends of the Lakeville Area Arts Center organization. The tools were donated as a thank you for the work Baas and his Lakeville North students put into creating metal butterfly statues for the Lakeville Area Arts Center’s community art project.
While he is grateful for the donated saw and work table, Baas said he wanted to pass the donation on to the middle schools because he saw a need in their industrial tech classrooms.
“Giving middle school students more tools to work with gets them more excited about industrial technology,” said Baas. “Getting this exposure early on helps them figure out if this is a field they’re interested in. If it’s something they enjoy, they know they can continue expanding their skills and knowledge with us at the high school level.”
“One of my goals as the middle school industrial technology teacher is to make sure students are not just aware of the great STEM programs offered at the two high schools but to also have them prepared for success with safety always being the number one priority,” said Mommsen. “Having this new saw with proper safety guarding is a step in the right direction by replacing a piece of really old equipment.”
The new equipment is portable and will travel between all three middle schools so all students have an opportunity to use it on their projects.
Mommsen also reflected on the teamwork this donation represents, stating, “Kevin and I have already been working together to align curriculum, but this really shows that the high school level cares about what we are doing. Thank you to Lakeville North and Lakeville Area Arts Center for this opportunity.”
Lakeville Area Schools is proud to see schools at different levels working together to ensure our students have the greatest opportunities to learn.