Before you read this let’s make sure we understand who the real hero’s are ,not us, but this principle and these kids, and also we need to realize what a difference can be made when these kids are given a little help and some one has faith in them .
Sometime back , Joe the principle of the school, contacted us about allowing the kids to watch the show, he had taken the time and paid to subscribe to our show, and he said they want to see if they could get funding to purchase our DVD’s, the school is in Sacramento Calif , so we figured “Ole Arnold’ couldn’t swing the price all things considered, so we just sent all the DVD’s for the kids, as well as the show, so the kids started responding, go figure, and a couple got on the show forum with some questions, and good questions , so we decided it would be nice to send them something personal , so with help from Woodcraft we got them all shop aprons, and I signed them to each of the students, well the kids got the aprons, and here is the email we got from “Joe the principal”, again none of this would have happened had this principal not cared and was willing to think a little out of the box and do something to help these kids, so again I say, he is the hero here and these kids are outstanding,,, how many kids would wash cars to buy what they need for the school, but they are, I salute Joe and his kids,, they are now our kids as well,,,
“We received your packages today and the ACE students are so excited about your gift that they are wearing them to all their classes. I am going to try and get permission to send you a photo of the ACE students in their new aprons, California law is very restrictive when it comes to releasing student images but I may have some luck getting parent permission. Your impact on our program has been amazing. I visit the classroom and the students are engaged and they follow CN’s procedures like they are written in stone. The videos and website have become the primary reference for the program. In a few short weeks I have seen our students begin to develop planning and organizing skills we have never approached before and when I asked the students what the difference is they tell me that there is a difference between building and “Fix-in” to build. They are taking on projects that they would have never attempted four weeks ago. One team is working on a large sign for a local business, another is building coat racks for elementary school classrooms and is redesigning the project based on what they learned from one of your DVDs, still another is planning a corner cabinet for one of our teachers that will hold a fireplace insert and television, again the project is being planned following the example of one of Charles’ builds. Last weekend they held a car wash in our parking lot to raise money to buy a digital camera so that they can send pictures to Charles. They have car washes planned for the next 3 weeks because they want to purchase spray equipment for finishing their projects. They don’t know it yet but I have purchased a couple of new routers and our local Lowes has donated a router table for the program. The students have bought into the program and are willing to do whatever it takes to move it forward. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the progress both the students and the program have made and how thankful we all are for everything you have done for us. ”
Joe the principal