Youngsters get Head Start on some carpentry skills

There were dragons at Head Start on Wednesday.

As part of the Lowe’s Build and Grow program, department manager Rob Culbertson visited Youngsville Head Start 2 with a bunch of Build and Grow projects.

Culbertson helped the students construct wooden versions of Dragon from the Shrek movies.

All of the necessary pieces – body, tail, wings, legs, head, stickers, nails, and instructions – were included in each student’s kit. There were eight wooden pieces and a few more paper parts held together by 21 nails per project.

Culbertson guided students through the step-by-step instructions and allowed them to work as they were comfortable.

The projects are designed for young builders. Students used small hammers to pound tiny nails into pre-drilled holes. The tools and components were of an appropriate size for little hands.

“The Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics give children the chance to build something out of wood,” Culbertson said. “The children get to take their newly-built project home, and they also receive a project-themed patch and certification of merit for their hard work.”

Past projects have included bird feeders, helicopters, kaleidoscopes, race cars and many more.

In addition to providing hands-on practice, the program also introduces safety concepts, assistant store manager Bud Pruskowski said. “The kits are all kid-friendly. They’re usually oriented toward a new movie or a (holiday) theme.”

The Lowe’s store in North Warren hosts Build and Grow events about twice a month on Saturdays, according to Pruskowski. A schedule is available by visiting www.lowesbuildandgrow.com.

The projects are designed for kids in first through fifth grades. Parents are required to stay with their children and may help younger children with the projects.

The events are free, but those wishing to sign up children to participate must register in advance at the website.