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Harbor Freight donates 50 tool kits to KCSD

PHOTO PROVIDED From left, Central Montain High School students Madison Toner, Hayden Walker and Carson Workman are shown with tools donated to Keystone Central’s Career and Technology Construction Trades program by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program.

MILL HALL — Keystone Central School District’s Career and Technology Construction Trades program is excited to be one of the recipients of a generous donation of tool boxes from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program. The district received 50 tool kits worth approximately $50 each.

The kits include a tool bag, assorted hand tools, measurement tools, and/or safety gear.

“These kits provide students with tools to complete program of study tasks in the construction trades class. It is important to have hand tools for students to complete tasks aligned to industry standards,” Kurt Lynch, director of the Keystone Central Career & Technology program, said.

As many schools across the country have had to teach remotely this school year due to COVID-19 concerns, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools distributed approximately 4,000 tool kits to U. S. public high schools to loan to their students enrolled in skilled trades classes.

The tools given to the schools are aimed to support students learning essential hands-on skills from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Skills trade classes can be very challenging to teach online, as they require many tools, which are not always available to students at home.

“We have been humbled by the incredible ingenuity and resilience we’ve seen from skilled trades teachers and students during the pandemic. We’re providing these tool kits because we believe that skilled trades jobs are essential to our country, now more than ever, and that means skilled trades education is essential, too,” Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, said.

Despite being regarded as crucial, skilled trades jobs routinely ranked among the hardest to fill over the past several years, and a forthcoming wave of retirements is expected to worsen existing shortages well into the next decade. That means today’s skilled trades students have the opportunity to find meaningful and sustaining work in these fields.

Eric Smidt, founder of Harbor Freight Tools, established Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program in 2014 to advance excellent skilled trades education in public high schools across America. This program aims to drive a greater understanding of and investment in skilled trades education, believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs, and a workforce our country needs. Harbor Freight Tools is a major supporter of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program.

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