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Letter to the Albany Democrat Herald, 2014

What was great was to see how excited these kids were to learn. They listened to me talk about geometry and physics. They asked questions about these subjects. They listened to me talk about joinery and cutting angles. They were to a person all interested in learning. And thats what education should be about: curiosity and the excitement of discovery. Add on that you get to put your hands on tools and it's a slam dunk for just about every demographic. But certainly it is of vital importance for our kids. Please let all our educators know that hands on education needs to be back in every school. From the arts to music to shop class, we need to train our kids in the broadest possible way. This is called a liberal arts education. I’m a fan of it.

Gary Rogowski


Letter from the mother of a WIN Program student:

Dear Gary,

Thank you for offering the woodworking “apprenticeship” to the high school students. Ryan has enjoyed the monthly trips to Portland, working in your shop with you, and learning some advanced techniques. He comes home happy and eager to tell us about what he's learned.

He doesn't realized it yet, but the lessons he's learned, e.g. patience, attention to detail, creativity, etc. will have applications beyond woodworking.

Thanks again, Barb


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