Photo by Jillian Fuss - Tylan Ettner with centerpieces
David Rutherford, Napavine's Wood Arts and Environmental Science teacher has introduced a new tradition to his classes. He has started a new fundraiser; selling holiday table centerpieces. The projects are made out of Noble fir, cedar, a candle, and cinnamon scented pine cones. He has his students working on them for two days for a grade.
The idea is new and creative, getting students in the mood for holidays such as Christmas and New Year's. Rutherford has provided all of the necessary building materials. Most students are excited that the assignment is hands on and interactive. It isn't very long, students get a chance to raise money and earn a grade for their work.
Parents are quite excited about receiving their child's work. Students have their names taped to the bottom of each pan. Rutherford has been making the toppers for years.
"They're a great deal- very pretty, natural looking, and a good size," stated Jamie Moodenbaugh, the Napavine Art teacher.
Rutherford mostly likes the concept because they're simple to make and use natural materials. Senior Andrew Ross collected the branches and holly for them early in the morning. A junior, Lela Stewart, has started making bows for the projects. Rutherford has senior Maverick Mitchell guiding others in constructing the toppers.
Overall, the table toppers have been a huge success. On Rutherford's class board, a long list of names for people's orders can be seen. Some parents have ordered three or more, the new fundraiser has became a hit for the Napavine school.