Before career/technical education teachers could become frustrated with shop items they're trying to swiftly lift, Molalla High School received the gift of a forklift.
The generous donation valued at $7,900 came from the Oregon Ice Cream Co., maker of the brands Alden's Organic and Cascade Glacier. The company has locations in Eugene and Camas, Washington.
And the gift came with treats. Staff were able to enjoy the treats at one of the first resource days.
According to Principal Brad Berzinski, a family member of an MHS teacher works at the company, and that's how a connection was made. Ultimately, Berzinski said, manufacturing and engineering teacher Craig Simmons worked to secure the donation.
"They are an amazingly generous company that makes really good ice cream that is all about healthy, organic ingredients," Simmons said.
For now, it is likely that only teachers and custodians will be putting the gift to use as federal law prohibits anyone under age 18 from riding on or operating a forklift. Law also dictates that anyone over 18 must be properly trained and certified to operate a forklift.
"Given that, there would be limited opportunity for student use in the future only after developing a training plan to ensure student safety," Berzinski said.
Because of the size of the gift, this month it went before the school board, [which] unanimously approved accepting the donation.
"Of course, we will assure that the donor is thanked appropriately on behalf of the board," Superintendent Tony Mann said.
This story has been updated.
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