PITTSBURG — Children will soon set sail on a pirate ship outside of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.

Figuratively speaking of course.

The Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center construction trades class creates a large-scale project every year.

This year, the students build a pirate ship and put it up for auction to replace the cost of materials and help the students go to SkillsUSA competition.

CHC SEK won the auction and has plans to create a small playground for children in the community. Details are still in the beginning stages, more information will be available with the next month or two.

On Tuesday, CTEC Carpentry Instructor Kim Coates, CHC SEK representatives and others moved the ship to CHC SEK.

“The students really enjoyed building it,” Coates said. “It was a challenge to bow the lumber and make it into a pirate ship.

“Not just me, but all of the students are glad it went somewhere in community where more kids can play.”

The ship is about 25 feet long and includes an 8- by 10-foot “Captain’s Quarters,” swingset and slide.

The students chose to create a ship because of the curved hull which would provide them a challenge, Coates said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.