Brookings-Harbor High School has received a grant of $1,000 from the Brookings Harbor Education Foundation to purchase metal for student welding and fabrication projects in the school’s metals lab.

According to a press release from the Brooking-Harbor School District, the grant will be used to provide raw materials and skills training for students.

High school welding teacher Chris Thompson, who took over the program this year, said he welcomes suggestions for projects that can be utilized by the community and that students can create in the metals lab. For more information, email Thompson at

Meantime, the final phase of installing a new ventilation system was implemented last week in the school’s metals lab. Umpqua Sheet Metal of Roseburg has been working with the school district’s facilities and maintenance team to complete the installation and wiring.

When complete, students will be able to push a button in individual welding booths to activate strong vents.

Since September, the education foundation has provided more than $1,900 in grants for Brookings-Harbor School District classrooms and programs. Mini-grants have included robotics kits for Jennifer Bietschek’s math classes at Azalea Middle School, tree planting materials for K’la Kennedy and Kelly Margolis’ kindergarten classes at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, and prizes and materials for the districtwide Oregon Battle of the Books program coordinated by librarian Patty Clark and her team.


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