Finley students construct bunkbed for local foster youth

FINLEY, Wash. — In the Finley School District, behind the middle school, you’ll find the metal and wood shop classroom.

But, it’s more than a classroom; it’s a place for imagination and teamwork, lead by retired firefighter Ron Bush.

“Something that they can use their creativity and build things that they want to build not just things that I assign,” CTE Instructor Ron Bush said.

The abilities learned in Bush’s shop, can last a lifetime, as can the impact.

“These are the type of skills and things that they’ll learn, that they’ll use throughout their life whether they go into a building trade or just happy homemaker – at home working on things they want to work on,” Bush said.

He also is an advisor for the Finley FFA Chapter.

He said one of their goals is to leave a positive impact on the community. They do this through community service projects, like constructing bunkbeds for local foster children.

“They can’t place a foster child unless there’s an actual bed for them to sleep in and bunkbeds make it so much easier for siblings,” Bush said.

Last year, the National FFA provided Finley students with a $1,200 grant to construct bunkbeds, which were donated to Mo’s Place in the Tri-Cities.

This year, they were given an $800 grant to repeat the project.

But, they weren’t immune from the rising cost of lumber.

“Everything has gone up so much that we had to cut back to just one set of bunkbeds,” Bush said.

Still, students and FFA members StevieLynn Russell, Hans Miles and Anna Cooper said it was worth it.

“It’s fun to see the looks on their faces when they see a handmade bunkbed such as that one that comes in and is built to last,” StevieLynn said.

“I just love the amazing feel of something physical we can give to others,” Hans added.

“It’s definitely worth it especially when we deliver it, just to know we made an impact on somebody,” Anna said.

All three students worked on the bunkbed and hold positions within the FFA chapter.

StevieLynn, a junior, said the project had a heartfelt connection.

“My aunt fosters kids so I know the situations that they can come out of and I’ve seen some pretty bad internal scars,” she said.

The bunkbed will be delivered to Mo’s Place sometime in early June.

Mo’s Place is a resource for children who’ve just entered foster care, provides them with basic needs and also offers support to local foster families.

Bush said he’s happy his students are able to leave an impact on the youth who need it most.

“Not only gives them an opportunity to learn, but it also gives them an opportunity to give back to the community,” he said.

Stay with KAPP KVEW for part two, when the students deliver the bunkbed.

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