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These are students who have not thrived in the
and stained, each furthering projects crafted from
traditional school setting. Ray-Dykstra can relate. their own designs - knitting needles, a plant
hanger, a ukulele, a bedside table. They worked
He hated school so much he dropped out at 15 and
got his GED. He joined the Air Force at 17, bent
independently, touching base with Ray-Dykstra
on leaving his Roanoke roots and never coming
and another instructor for questions and guidance.
back.
"We're saying: 'We trust these kids. It's okay to
Ray-Dykstra says he created the woodworking
make a mistake.' That's your moment to learn,"
studio, dubbed Maker Mart, to be the kind of place
Ray-Dykstra says.
he wished he'd had as a teen. "We can do things
The next step for Maker Mart is to launch a
here that can make school make more sense to
retail shop where students can sell their creations -
you," he says.
and perhaps, down the line, even take commissions.
What Maker Mart is not: a space for make- This provides opportunities for a whole new set of
and-take crafts or a fine arts studio. Ray-Dykstra
lessons, Ray-Dykstra explains. Think: marketing
is serious about teaching learners to use tools, to
and customer service. Perhaps most important of
think spatially, to create items that fill a need in
all, it allows students to see items they've made
their lives. "We want to do meaningful things here," with their hands as something valued by their
he explains.
community.
"We want to introduce kids to - not just skills
On a Thursday last spring, Community High
School students filed into Maker Mart, took their - but to how the world works."
works-in-progress from repurposed grocery store
To find out more about Maker Mart classes or
shelves and placed them atop the dozen work
its mission, head to www.makingfoundation.org.
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