Laughter was all I heard for a full minute.
The laughter was that of many children and they had a reason to celebrate. For the past year, 10 middle schoolers from Lester Middle and Lester Prep have designed, planned, and built their own clubhouse for a program called, SOS Builds. SOS Builds, an after school educational program created to engage the urban youth through construction training, finally saw their year of hard work pay off on May 6th.
Ally Velderman, director of SOS builds, spoke at the event on her thoughts of working with the 10 little builders within the past year, and the plans that she has within the community.
“At the beginning of the school year last fall, these builders were given the challenge to create something that would be an asset here to the Purple House and the Art Garden,” Velderman said. Something that would attract students after school to come and have fun and be a permeant asset to this property. As you can see, I think they have achieved that. Daily committing to do their best, now 25 weeks later of hard work this clubhouse stands as a testament to their efforts.”
The May 6th celebration day was a day of happiness as the SOS builders were able to see as well as play on their very own hand-made clubhouse. It was a rewarding day for not just the builders, but for everyone in attendance.
“Each year we will seek to complete from start to finish major construction projects in Binghampton to use to do hands on construction training along with character and leadership enrichment, ” Velderman said. “These builders were given the challenge to create something that would be an asset here to the Purple House and the Art Garden. Something that would attract students after school to come and have fun and be a permeant asset to this property.”
Learn more about SOS Builds here.