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November 22. 2013 10:06PM

Pinkerton students fix trailer for worthy cause


Pinkerton Academy Career and Technical Education students gather Friday morning in front of a trailer they repaired for the Salem Exchange Club. The club uses the trailer to sell Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the needy.Hunter McGee 

DERRY — Just in time for the holidays, Pinkerton Academy students invested a lot of sweat equity in rebuilding a trailer that is used for a good cause.

Students in the Career and Technical program were putting the finishing touches on the 8-by-16-foot trailer Friday. The trailer is used by the Salem Exchange Club to sell Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the needy, said David Howes, a Pinkerton building technology teacher.

Students and faculty were on hand to take photos and get the trailer ready to return to Salem, Howes said.

"It was like a send-off," he said. "I felt this would be good for the CTE program."

The Salem Exchange Club had planned to use the trailer this holiday season as part of its fundraising program. But the trailer was in disrepair and needed major work completed before it could go back on the road, Howes said.

After being contacted by the Exchange Club, Pinkerton CTE programs began the extensive renovation and repair Sept. 12. About 80 students participated, Howes said, adding that it was apparent from the start that the floor had rotted and the roof was in bad shape.

Some of the work included building new walls; installing new windows, counters and cabinets; and installing interior and exterior lights. "We just rebuilt it and got down to the metal frame," Howes said.

CTE members were working Friday to finish some final repairs as the Exchange Club planned to begin selling Christmas trees today.

"We have to get this thing hitched and ready to go," Howes said. "It's a great fundraiser for them."

Four CTE programs participated in the effort, said Chip Underhill, the school's executive director of public relations and external affairs.

Howes supervised Building Construction Technology, which was responsible for the frame, roof, siding and windows, door and insulation, sheetrock, cabinets and trim. Also participating were students from Electrical Technology, who provided costs estimates and a complete rewire, under the supervision of teacher Brian Pare.

Students in Adam Houston's Welding Technology helped with replacement of the trailer hitch and jack. Auto Technology students and teacher Chris O'Brien contributed by working on wiring the trailer lights and trailer brakes.

Local companies donated money and materials, including Richard Morway, Avatar Properties; Denise Puleo, Methuen Construction; Bonnie Breen, Salem Cooperative Bank; John Croteau, Mr. Sparky; and Dave Driscoll and Bob Chapman of LED Conversions Inc., Underhill said.

hmcgee@newstote.com


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