|Forum topic by a1Jim||posted 03-31-2011 08:20 PM||1445 views||0 times favorited||24 replies|
03-31-2011 08:20 PM
Most folks here know I’m a friend of Charles Neil and a big fan of his talent in woodworking ,finishing .but one thing that everyone does not know is that Charles and his wife Sherri are wonderful kind sharing human beings . I can’t share all I know with you about all of the things they have done for lots of folks because much of it has been told to me in confidence. But today I had to share an e mail Charles sent me. I hope he doesn’t shoot me for doing this.
Here’s a copy of the email. The top is Charles writing to me
sent these kids some woodcraft shop aprons I signed to each of them, sometime back the principal emailed about getting some DVD’s, if they could get funding, we decided they couldn’t afford it so we sent them all of them, and also gave them all subscriptions to our show, these are the inner city kids who have been dumped in a tech school, which is basically a dumping ground for problem kids,,, made my day got to tell ya
We received your packages today and the ACE students are so excited about your gift that they are wearing them to all their classes. I am going to try and get permission to send you a photo of the ACE students in their new aprons, California law is very restrictive when it comes to releasing student images but I may have some luck getting parent permission. Your impact on our program has been amazing. I visit the classroom and the students are engaged and they follow CN’s procedures like they are written in stone. The videos and website have become the primary reference for the program. In a few short weeks I have seen our students begin to develop planning and organizing skills we have never approached before and when I asked the students what the difference is they tell me that there is a difference between building and “Fix-in” to build. They are taking on projects that they would have never attempted four weeks ago. One team is working on a large sign for a local business, another is building coat racks for elementary school classrooms and is redesigning the project based on what they learned from one of your DVDs, still another is planning a corner cabinet for one of our teachers that will hold a fireplace insert and television, again the project is being planned following the example of one of Charles’ builds. Last weekend they held a car wash in our parking lot to raise money to buy a digital camera so that they can send pictures to Charles. They have car washes planned for the next 3 weeks because they want to purchase spray equipment for finishing their projects. They don’t know it yet but I have purchased a couple of new routers and our local Lowes has donated a router table for the program. The students have bought into the program and are willing to do whatever it takes to move it forward. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the progress both the students and the program have made and how thankful we all are for everything you have done for us.
I’ve deleted the full name of the school and principle for their privacy*
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