Providing waterfowl friends with new dwellings was the goal of Clarks Summit resident Bob Kester and Abington Heights High School technologies teacher, Mark Myers. They enlisted the help of Myers’ wood shop students to replace three weathered and rotting duck houses at The Abington Area Community Park, S. Abington Township.
Ducks can rest easy knowing in several weeks Kester and Myers will install the new houses at locations around Eston Wilson Lake.
The houses were constructed using a variety of repurposed scrap wood at the wood shop, including poplar and pine and are expected to last several years.
Kester contacted Myers to ask if the students in his program wanted to help, “and they followed through and did the whole project,” said Kester. “The (wood) ducks come back to the pond every year… and when the weather took its toll on them, we decided to build new ones (houses) so they will come back again…”
And Myers said his students tackled the project with enthusiasm. “They jumped right in,” he said. “As soon as I asked if anybody wants to help me build duck houses. It was instant.”
The project took approximately two weeks and provided students with an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, explained Myers, who gives each student a class assignment.
“A couple of the students were here, and I said ‘Would you prefer to work on these (duck houses).’ They said, ‘Absolutely.’ There were a couple of guys who really didn’t know what they wanted to work on, so I said, ‘Let’s build the duck houses.’ So I gave them this (the wood) and they learned how to measure, crosscut, grip…I said, ‘Let’s apply it…”
Ninth-grade student, Paul Pasco said he helped because “I was happy to help the ducks have a home of their own.”