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Article: Students Mix Up a Service Project

Students Mix Up a Service Project

Paige Hale (Elyria) primes one of the mixers in the Collision Repair lab

When you think about collision repair, you probably think about the automotive field. The JVS Collision Repair program mixed things up recently when Instructor, Lonnie Higey, agreed to a project for the Wellington City School PTA Band Boosters.

“I got a call from them asking if we could refinish two mixers as a service project,” said Higey. “I said yes because the mixers are metal, just like a car would be, and we would work through all the same processes such as sanding, priming, and painting.”

Three sophomore students, who have committed to the Collision Repair program for next school year, took the lead on the project. Alexis Rivera from Elyria, Maya Trujillo from Columbia, and Paige Hale from Elyria worked on the project together from start to finish.

“It was really fun,” said Rivera. “I thought it was pretty easy for the most part, but there were some areas that got difficult, just because of the shape of the mixers.”

The students painted one maroon and the other silver, for the Wellington school district colors.

Junior Collision Repair student, Sarah Ellison from Elyria, assisted the sophomore students with the painting and application of the clear coat. “I think they did a really good job. I was there to help them, when they needed it. Everyone had a part in the project, and I think that is really cool.”

Trujillo shared what she thought was the hardest part. “Making sure we got an even coat on them was a little difficult, but I think they turned out great.”

“I really like the painting and clear coat process the best,” said Hale. “This project gave us a good idea of the work we will be doing in the program next year. We are all so excited!”

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