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Gaston school students build toys for needy

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - (L to R) Darius Davis, Sequoia Nelson, Hannah Ranes, Blake McDebitt and Cassie Cutright package up the marble toys Gaston Junior/Senior High School is donating. Gaston Junior and Senior High School students recently got a taste of combining creativity and charity — and now they’re hooked.

As soon as Gaston teacher Wade Sims suggested to his students they make toys to donate to the KGW Great Toy Drive, “there was no going back,” he said. His students were eager and enthusiastic.

The high school students used computer programs to design wooden marble course games.

Gaston schools volunteer Bob Oswald — also a member of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers — helped come up with the idea and helped out with the project while Sims provided engineering instruction.

High school students drafted the dimensions, made supply lists and passed the plans on to junior high students, working with them to build the toys.Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Students demonstrate the marble toys they created for an area toy drive.

This week, they donated 35 sets to the toy drive.

“They got to take an idea all the way through to a completed engineering project,” Sims said. “They also got to give back to the community, which is part of Gaston’s mission. They got to get outside their school and outside themselves and see the bigger picture of being part of a larger community.”

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