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Jesse Orozco, left, and Curry Coastal Pilot ad rep Larry Bell show birdhouses made by the eighth-grader. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).
Jesse Orozco, left, and Curry Coastal Pilot ad rep Larry Bell show birdhouses made by the eighth-grader. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot staff writer

One Brookings eighth grader is already thinking and planning for the future.

Jesse Orozco explained that his plans include a degree in marine biology from University of California at Santa Barbara because he wants to be a marine biologist.

Jesse isn't just thinking and dreaming; he's making strides toward financing his dream. He is building and selling birdhouses to save toward his college tuition, and he already has a great start.

Recently, as a business owner, Jesse came to the Curry Coastal Pilot to purchase an ad. When the ad rep told the editor about the young man, the story served as inspiration for a new business article.

Jesse was asked to bring samples of his work to the newspaper office for a photo to accompany the business story. When he brought two of his birdhouses in for the photo, he sold both of them on the spot and took orders for an additional 20.

Staff members who purchased or ordered the birdhouses said they were buying Christmas gifts and encouraged Jesse to take his birdhouses to the big Brookings Harbor Community Christmas Bazaar at the high school in November. He already planned to do that.

Jesse gave his grandfather credit for inspiring him and helping him get started with his project. He explained that his uncle, who is a roofer, had a lot of shakes removed from roofs he repaired and the shakes make great material for building the little houses. The weathered shakes and the moss trim make the romantic looking little houses very attractive, appealing, and hard to resist.

Those who don't want to wait for the Christmas bazaar to see the birdhouses can find Jesse's ad in the Pilot, or call his cell phone, (541) 661-8199.


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