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The Telegram
  • Mount Markham eighth-graders make toys for kids

  • Santa’s elves have some help making toys this year.

    The eighth-grade introduction to building trades technology class at Mount Markham Middle School in West Winfield is busy making paddle balls, puzzles and triangle peg board games for area children.

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  • Santa’s elves have some help making toys this year.
    The eighth-grade introduction to building trades technology class at Mount Markham Middle School in West Winfield is busy making paddle balls, puzzles and triangle peg board games for area children.
    Cody Lyman, 13, worked on the team making the triangle games.
    “It’s cool, you’ve gotta come up with the design, and then you get to see what it looks like after,” Lyman said.
    Once made, the toys will be given to children in need through the local Rotary International and several churches and businesses.
    “It’s nice because if we didn’t make this for them they wouldn’t get anything for Christmas,” Lyman said.
    This is the fifth year of the Toy Build, said Tavish Rathbone, the middle school technology education teacher.
    “It’s a service-learning class,” Rathbone said. “It helps them learn to do for others.”
    The class also lets the students apply concepts from other classes, such as math and geometry, Rathbone said.
    The kids broke up into different groups and each brainstormed ideas of toys they could make, he said.
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