Updated: January 14, 2013 2:23PM
Recently, Lake Forest High School Architecture students helped with a local project for a contractor, Peter Childs, (who is also a former LFHS student of Architecture teacher Darren Barndt). Peter Childs purchased a home on Edgewood directly behind Lake Forest High School East Campus and needed to submit plans to the City of Lake Forest for approval to demolish the current structure. The City of Lake Forest asked Peter to create three scale models — one of his proposed residence, and one each of the properties on either side of the proposed site. Using floor plans and elevations, the Advanced Architecture class constructed a model for each of the three homes. With assistance of the model prototypes, Childs’ plans were approved by the City of Lake Forest Building Review Board.
Beginning in the month of November the Lake Forest High School Woodcraft students were presented with the challenge to produce wooden toys that would be donated to the United States Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Part of the challenge this year was to get as many students involved in the process and extend efforts beyond the Introductory Woodcraft course.
This year students were asked to volunteer their time before and after school, during Thanksgiving break and even a Saturday in early December to finish the toys. Lake Forest High School students produced two toys, a wooden guitar and a toy rattle. Some of the toy parts were produced using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) that was donated to the Woodcraft program by the Lake Forest Foundation. This technology allowed students the opportunity to experience modern production methods and develop toys while learning these new techniques.
After a month of hard work, the students were able to complete nearly 350 toys. The toys were picked up by Local Coordinating Officer of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and will be distributed to families across Lake County and some parts of Southern Wisconsin. To learn more, visit https://sites.google.com/a/lfschools.net/woodcraft-toys/home.
Social Studies teacher, Mark Kuhl who was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education.