Annual rocking-horse project helps sharpen students’ construction skills

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Ask Terry Stotts about his job as the construction and technology teacher at the Multiple Career Magnet High School, and his eyes light up.

Stotts could spend hours talking about all the reasons he loves his job teaching practical skills to students with special needs in Dallas ISD. But, by far, his favorite part of the job comes in December when his students give away the rocking horses they spent the first part of the year building by hand.

Multiple Career Magnet students donate their rocking horses to the Ronald McDonald House.

This year was no different, and Stotts smiled widely as his students gave away their rocking horses on Dec. 14 to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides stability and resources for families with a seriously sick child. Donating the wooden horses to the Ronald McDonald House is especially close to Stotts’ heart, as his daughter survived a battle with cancer when she was young.

The rocking horses are among the presents given to children at the Ronald McDonald House, and they are always some of the first gifts to go.

Stotts said the rocking horses are just one of many impressive projects his students complete every year. The ultimate goal of the program is to give the students skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The Careers Magnet includes a career and tech teacher who helps place graduates with a job and supports them throughout the process.

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