WASHOUGAL – Washougal’s new Downtown Community Garden at 2036 Main St. will feature decorated cedar birdhouses created by Washougal High School woodworking students. The collaboration between the high school and city started last spring; students created birdhouse kits for local children to build for a since-canceled event. The materials, donated by Rick’s Custom Fencing, were then sent to students to complete at home during remote learning.
“It was a challenge to get materials to students for them to demonstrate woodworking skills without being in the shop,” Brent Mansell, high school woodworking teacher, said in a news release. “This project gave students an opportunity to demonstrate learned skills by building a product and helped them do something besides look at a screen.”
“I love it when a plan comes together,” Washougal Mayor Molly Coston said in the release. “This is another example of building wonderful community projects by working together with other groups in Washougal.”