COVENTRY — Carpentry students at Coventry High School took what they learned in the classroom and constructed a giant gazebo, which ultimately benefited the Tomorrow Fund.
Carpentry teacher, Scott Leavitt explained that this was the sixth year his junior and senior students had built a structure to raise money for the organization.
He said it all began one day when a woman approached him in the carpentry shop at school.
“I didn’t know who she was but her mother worked at the high school,” he said. “She came in and asked if we could build a kids playhouse for the Tomorrow Fund.”
Leavitt explained that at the time he was not familiar with the organization but told her his students would build the playhouse anyways.
“We generated some money from the playhouse and then I started learning more about the charity and the next year they asked us to build a bigger project,” he said.
Once he and his students learned how the money was used, they were “hooked.”
The Tomorrow Fund is a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional help to families and children with cancer.
Leavitt said the money is not used towards cancer research, but used to assist families of children with cancer by paying their mortgage or other bills.
“The charity hits home because my kids were younger when my students first began building and I never thought about kids having cancer,” he said. “It’s not something you think of and I found out a lot of local families go through it.”
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