Students build ramps for needy

Helping those in need, while learning a life skill.

Sounds like a good combination, right?

It's a combination that's certainly working for the shop students at Childress High School . Pronews 7 is featuring their ramp building skills in this week's Region 16 Spotlight Education report.

To us, houses have normal staircases. But for someone who is confined to a wheelchair, it might as well be the devil.

Many disabled people in Childress face this problem, some are even confined to their homes without the use of a wheelchair ramp.

That's where the shop students at Childress High School came in, they built ramps for those in need.

"It gives the kids the opportunity not to just use their welding skills, and their metal building skills, but it gives another aspect to the educational Childress High School, it builds a sense of community with these kids," said Cliff Johnson, shop teacher.

"It makes me feel good about what I'm doing in other classes. I mean of course I feel good because I'm learning stuff and I'm getting skills for the future, but in this class I'm getting skills for the future while also helping people in the process," said Sheldon Clevenger, 10th grader.

Shop students have been building the ramps for the last three years. With Thursday's delivery, that makes 17 they've made.

The students set the ramp up bright and early, for a very grateful woman.

"I think my favorite part is the look on people's faces when they get their ramp and they're just so happy to get it and they're just so happy that someone actually cares enough to do it," said Clevenger.

"This is really one of the greatest projects that we've done here at Childress High School since I've been here. Everybody wins," said Johnson.

A win-win for everybody involved.

The Build-A-Ramp Program is funded through grants, including a recent one from the Amarillo Area Foundation.

Johnson says the hospital helps the class decide who in the community needs the ramps.