Washburn Tech Turning into Santa’s Workshop

November 21, 2017

Topeka, Kan. – Students can add toymaker to their resumes after this year’s Toys for Tots Build Day beginning at 8 a.m. on  Friday, Dec. 8, in Building K on the Washburn Tech campus at 5724 SW Huntoon. This marks the sixth year in a row for the event, which is co-sponsored by Washburn Tech Student Advisory Board and Washburn Tech SkillsUSA Chapter.

“Every child should have a present under the tree on Christmas morning,” said Johnny Lemon, cabinet/mill technical instructor and event organizer. “This is one way that our students and staff can use their skills to benefit the community. We are building more than toys. Hopefully, we are building memories for children this holiday season.”

The build day involves Washburn Tech students, technical instructors, staff and volunteers, who make wooden step stools, beat boxes, hobby horses and yoyos. Community members are welcome to participate, however children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Since the annual event began, Lemon estimates that 5,000 handmade toys have been made and distributed through the local Toys for Tots program. In addition, the list of corporate and individual sponsors, who donate their time and money to the project, continues to grow.

If you’d like to volunteer for Toys for Tots Build Day or donate money or materials, contact Lemon at 785.670.3431 or john.lemon@washburntech.edu.

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