Oak Hills High School News

OHHS work study students bring color to elementary classrooms

Posted on: October 19, 2016
OHHS work study students

The work-study class at Oak Hills High School has been busy this year catching up on their many custom crayon orders. With 25 students participating, the work study class is designed to help learners develop lifelong skills that can be used outside of the classroom.

Before the students got down to business they collected used crayons throughout the district, as well as donated ones from local businesses and community members. With their materials ready, the class began by sorting the crayons according to color and removing their paper wrapping. Next the crayons were broken and then placed into several different shaped molds including numbers, letters, fruits or Lego shapes.  After the melting process, students began the next phase of their production by sorting the new product and bagging and labeling crayons into sets. To work on the interpersonal communication skills the crafters delivered their finished product to different classrooms within the district based on orders submitted through the inter-district recycled crayon order form.

Students have the opportunity to work both individually or in groups and choose which part of the production process they wish to be a part of. Through the recycling of crayons, they work on valuable tactile skills as well as improve their sorting, organizing and communication skill sets every day. Best of all, they enjoy their work because of how much they are helping others in the district.

“Peeling is really hard,” Hannah Schweer said. “I like sorting the crayons.”

Stephanie Jones added that she likes working on the crayons because “we know we’re helping people.”

This wonderful program was made possible, thanks to an educational grant from the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation. The grant funding allowed teachers to purchase the necessary baggies, molds and an oven to melt down the used crayons. Oak Hills is proud of the work their students are able to do to benefit the community around them.

To support projects like this and other programs that enhance classroom learning, visit www.oakhillsalumfoundation.org.