January 14, 2013
A Louisa County High school instructor is doing more than teaching lessons inside the classroom. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes Larry Reed is getting his tech class out in the community and helping with building projects all around Mineral.
Larry Reed is very involved with his students at Louisa County High School. He's helping his Building Trades class work on several carpentry projects like building play houses, a chicken coup and a wishing well.
“I run my class like it's a job site like you're coming to work. So, the students are getting a real taste of what it's like to have a real job, but they're getting a grade for it,” said Larry Reed, Teacher, Louisa County High School.
Although, students are learning some traditional lessons from their text books, Reed is also making sure they get hands on experience by giving back to the community.
“We try to do projects for churches or the community or individuals that don't have the money to pay somebody to come in and do the work,” said Reed.
In the past, Reed's students renovated the stage at Walton Park. They brought the structure up to code and installed handicap ramps.
“Getting to learn these skills at a young age it really helps. You can transfer those skills throughout your life,” said Eric Apple, Student, Louisa County High School.
With Reed's support, the young carpenters recently fixed a porch on a Mineral home. It had been damaged after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August of 2011.
“They saved me as a homeowner a lot of money, but it is really neat to see the kids in the community come out and they go back past (the home) and say I did that,” said Tom Runnett, Home Repaired by Students.
Many folks in the community call Reed a hero and say he's a role model for his students, but he says it's his students who should get all of the credit.
“I teach them and show them how it's done, but I let them do the work. I get my hands a little bit dirty, but they're the ones that are doing all the work so they really get all the credit,” said Reed.
Reed hopes his lessons will stick with his students and that they'll continue giving back and building for the people in the community even after they complete his class.