Harbor Freight donates toolkits to Parkside High School students
SALISBURY, Md. – Harbor Freight is helping out local students with their Tools For Schools program. Recently they donated toolkits to an automotive teacher at Parkside High School. Executive Director of Tools for Schools Danny Corwin says the class has about 45 students and they run a live car shop on campus. “Their students are learning as they grow from freshman year to senior year. The tool kit donations help the students continue to learn and provide that ongoing service,” said Corwin.
But with COVID-19 it’s been hard for teachers to get students that hands on experience. “As we all know skilled trade workers have been deemed essential in our economy right now, and we feel like their education is essential too. We want to make sure they’re in a position to go out and fill those desperately needed jobs in our economy when we start to rebuild,” said Corwin.
Corwin says there’s a shortage of skilled trade workers nationwide. So they wanted to make sure students could still practice their skills while learning at home. “We really care about the pipeline to our future workforce. We’ve done some research that illustrates that nine out of ten parents believe that if high school students have a chance to take trades classes in high school they will lead to successful careers,” said Corwin.
Corwin says Tools for Schools could possibly expand their program to more local schools as the need for help grows. If you are a teacher that would like to get involved with the program, click here.