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River Falls Academy Renaissance junior Lexus Pickett demonstrates the use of a staple gun. Picket is in a Woodworkers class that works to make and sell Adirondack chair kits. Her job is to assemble pieces made by the other students, using staple gun and other tools.

Renaissance students build chairs to build confidence

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By the end of the term, teacher Kyle Stapleton hopes he can just sweep the floor and watch as his woodshop students turn raw wood into Adirondack chair kits -- without his help.


“I know it sounds kind of weird, but my goal is to have them not need me anymore,” Stapleton said. “When I get done, I’d like them not to have to ask me questions and just be able to do it on their own.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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