Peoria Heights Athletes Helping Baseball Project

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To build something up, sometimes you have to tear something down.

“Kinda sad,” Peoria Heights sophomore baseball player Michael Whalen admitted. “You have to tear them down, the memories. Now we have to build them up. Hopefully, they are better.”

Some Peoria Heights student-athletes are part of a woods class that is trying to make a lasting contribution to the school. They are building new dugouts for the baseball field.

And they hope the new ones will out last the 30-year-old version that they are tearing apart.

“A lot of these kids, their parents played here. They played in these old dugouts. their uncles or older brothers did,” said teacher John Smith. “They might have a son or daughter play here. There’s a lot of pride in that.”

Smith teaches the woods class that is taking on the project. He also coaches football, wrestling and track at Peoria Heights.

“I’m really proud and excited,” sophomore John Ford said. “Proud to know all the people begind me get to see it too.”

It’s a project that will take several months to complete. But a project the students hope they can be proud of.

And while they are taking some pride in this neat project they are learning the ins and outs of industrial technology.

“You can see the they enjoy the hands-on activities. It’s needed in school,” Smith said. “That’s really where they are going to get turned on, get their hands on something, an art project, music, whatever. That’s where they start to learn. The kids have picked it up here.”

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