Woodshop brings homemade toys to elementary students


Keegan Honig

St. Louis High School woodshop students bring the toys to Carrie Knause Elementary.

Keegan Honig, Editor

A student reaches into his gift bag, ready to see what’s inside. (Keegan Honig)
A student excitedly opens his gift. (Keegan Honig)
Woodshop student Owen Downs brings his bag of presents to the elementary schools. (Keegan Honig)
There were many wooden cars made for the kids. (Keegan Honig)
The toys brought some joy to the students right before heading into Christmas Break. (Keegan Honig)
A student discovers the toy car after quickly unwrapping his gift. (Keegan Honig)
The fifth-grade students received a hand-made board game to enjoy with their families during the holidays. (Keegan Honig)

Woodshop teacher Phil Maxwell and his class brought toys to kids at Carrie Knause and Nikkari Elementary Tuesday, Dec. 22. The woodshop classes have been working on constructing these toys for months in preparation for the Christmas season. Over 400 toys, including wooden trains, cars, and versions of the board game “Aggravation,” were given to k-5 students in the district.

Maxwell shared, “We have been planning this project since last January. We started building prototypes and getting our costs figured out and then started mass producing when we started school. It is a huge relief to have seen the project to completion. It has been a challenge dealing with Covid and meeting a deadline. I think I might go take a nap now.”

Nate March is a member of the woodshop class and, according to Maxwell, was a major part of the “brains of the operation.” March shared, “I’m helping deliver the toys, and if it wasn’t for Mr. Maxwell’s hard work and dedication, this dream would have never become a reality.”

This was a great day for the community, and it was a terrific event for both the elementary students and high school students involved. The kids were extremely excited when they were given their gifts, and it was a very meaningful experience for the woodshop students. Maxwell shared that the best part of the day was seeing “our high school kids experience the power of creating something and then giving it away.”