What a Wonderful Day it was...
On July 7th, 2010 Kody Souers and Aerron Whetzel,
cadets at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Center,
presented West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III a
brand new podium to be featured in the Governor’s
reception room and to be used for all state press conferences.
Joe Thorton, Secretary of the WV Department
of Military Affairs and Public Safety contacted
Denny Dodson, Deputy Director of the WV Division
of Juvenile Services, Dodson then contacted Stephanie
Bond, Superintendent of the Rubenstein Center
about the possibility of school’s Building Construction
Class designing and building a new podium for
Travis Hamrick, the Building Construction instructor
was mailed a picture from a catalog and asked to try
and replicate the model as a surprise for the Governor.
The price of the catalog model was $4,650.00
but the students built the exact same model out of
black walnut wood products costing approximately
$450.00. The students, the instructor and the principal
of the facility, Joe Michaels, then made the trip to
Charleston to deliver the Governor’s new surprise.
After presenting the new podium, Governor Manchain
was so thrilled with the work that the students
at the facility did, he ordered a complete retrofit of
the new podium so that he could use it for the live
CNN press conference that same day. Mr. Hamrick
is quoted as saying, “The value of the podium shows
the cadets the value of construction skills”. We at
OIEP are very proud of the students and staff at the
Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Center in Davis, WV.
Posted: August 2, 2010
West Virginia Department of Education
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