Twin Rivers Building trades class helps Autumn Trace

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Twin Rivers Construction Technologies, a vocational building trades class taught by Jim Morrison, spent the day at Autumn Trace Senior Communities of Linton.

The reason for their visit was a giving one, as Instructor Jim Morrison explained.

“We do at least one community project every year,” he said. “We built a gazebo at Rest Haven, an arbor for the library, some work at Head Start and this year we are doing this,” he said with a smile.

What Morrison was referring to was the construction of two raised garden beds, one for each of Autumn Trace’s large courtyards.

“These are wonderful,” said Autumn Trace Activity Director Pam Belden. “The Twin Rivers kids even added a watering can and gardening tools, attached at wheelchair level so all of our residents can use them.”

The Twin Rivers classes, one morning and one afternoon, completed both raised beds Tuesday, filling each with gravel for drainage, mulch and topsoil, making them ready for any resident wanting to get his or her hands dirty.

“We feel so fortunate to be part of the Linton and Greene County community,” said Autumn Trace Executive Director Tammy Johnson.

“Everyone is so supportive of Autumn Trace, and so generous with their time, this project is another example of that support,” Johnson said. “It took these talented students just one day to complete our beautiful flower and garden boxes, but they will bring months and years of enjoyment to our senior community. Thank you again, to Linton Community School Corporation, Instructor Jim Morrison and all of his talented students.”

Morrison’s father, Harold, is an Autumn Trace resident, making the project a special one for him.

Avery Gentry, a student in the afternoon building trades class, said, “We’ve been pretty excited to do this. It’s our way to help people and to give back to our community.”

“It was fun,” added student Alec Mossburger.

Belden added, ”I saw an impressive group of young men here today, who represent our next generation very well. Some were related to our residents, one of them 100 years old, and it was wonderful to see the positive in our town’s teens this way.”

The morning class of Twin Rivers Construction Technologies includes:

Austin Allen, Keaton Cox, Luke Haddix, Chance Howard, Levi Jerrells, Isaac Jobe, Dayton Loveless, Garrett Mason, Austin Miller, Dusty Robison, Braxton Robinson, E.J. Schmeler, Jon Sluder, Bill Smith, Tanner Trustee and Drayden Ward.

The afternoon class consists of:

Logan Hollingsworth, Dayton Roberts, Jacob Myers, Tyler Meurer, Cayden Walker, Nathan Pickett, Avery Gentry, Justin Rippy, Alec Mossburger, Jarrett Hazlewood, Trevor Hill, Zach Hall, Travis Coffey, Jacob Tally, Wyatt Yake and Cody Lemmons.

Instructor Jim Morrison is assisted by James Stone.

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