SIDNEY — The entire student body of Longfellow Elementary School in Sidney learned what the manufacturing business is all about during a day-long program, Friday, May 12.
The program was developed by the Shelby County Historical Society and featured adult volunteers who guided teams of students through the process of designing, producing, marketing, packaging and shipping a product. At Longfellow it was wooden candlesticks.
Also participating were Sidney High School students who are in the Workshop Academy and the Sidney High FFA, who led the younger teams through 12 stations.
Stacy Pettit, human resource director of American Trim, taught the children about hiring practices and walked them through what it is like to work on an assembly line. Other volunteers represented the Sidney Fire Department, Sidney Police Department, Amos Press and the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District and the program had the expertise of retirees from many other Shelby County industries.
The students were introduced to concepts including quality control, purchasing, accounting, engineering, teamwork, deadlines, safety, attendance, warehousing, transportation and resource management.
PRODUCTION: Shyann Adams, 8, left, daughter of Kimberly Johnson, and Lerato Cervantes, 8, right, daughter of Moleboheng Moremi, learn from volunteer Bob Shoffner how to sand wood. They were making candlesticks during Manufacturing Day at Longfellow Elementary School in Sidney, Friday, May 12. All are from Sidney.
PRODUCTION: Fred Santon, left, of Sidney, shows Tristen Preston, 7, son of Elizabeth Deats and Ben Preston, of Sidney, how to saw wood during Manufacturing Day at Longfellow School in Sidney, May 12.
QUALITY CONTROL: Volunteer John Amos, left, helps Breanna Parks, 11, daughter of Ed and Ashley Parks, understand quality control at Longfellow Elementary School, Friday, May 12. Both are from Sidney.
DESIGN: Vincent Reprogle, left, 6, son of Star and James Reprogle, practices engineering concepts to design a candlestick with help from teacher Deena Golden, both of Sidney, at Longfellow Elementary School, Friday, May 12.
PAY DAY: Vanna Reprogle, left, 7, daughter of Star and James Reprogle, gets paid by Shelby County Historical Society Administrative Assistant Sharon Mohrbacher, for working in a factory making candlesticks during the society’s Manufacturing Day project at Longfellow Elementary School in Sidney, Friday, May 12. Both are from Sidney.
MARKETING: Mason LeMaster, 11, of Sidney, son of Jessica Wright and Joe LeMaster, creates a poster to market candlesticks made by students at Longfellow Elementary School in Sidney, Friday, May 12.
PACKAGING: Jaden McCoy, 6, of Sidney, son of Stacy Smith and Aaron McCoy, slaps a label with his name onto his finished candlestick. The newly produced item has a battery-operated candle in it. Jaden is a student at Longfellow Elementary School in Sidney, where the entire student body spent Friday, May 12, learning about the manufacturing process during a program provided by the Shelby County Historical Society.
SHIPPING: Emerson Watkins, of Sidney, drives a tractor to transport Longfellow Elementary students and their packaged candle holders. Watkins volunteers for the Shelby County Antique Tractor Club. Tractors were used to simulate the transportation of goods as children at Longfellow Elementary School learned about the manufacturing process in a Shelby County Historical Society program, Friday, May 12.
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