PITTSBURG — A gazebo built specially for the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is getting its final touches in preparation for building day on Thursday.

The structure is being built as a community project by Fort Scott Community College’s Building Trades students at the Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County.

In a few short months, the students measured, cut and designed a gazebo which will sit near the pirate ship playground equipment which CTEC students also built.

CHC/SEK purchased the pirate ship playground equipment in an auction and have plans to create a spot for parents and children to play.

The materials for the gazebo project were purchased by CHC/SEK, which construction trades students assembled inside CTEC’s construction labs.

The gazebo project offered many learning opportunities from design to learning from mistakes Carpentry Instructor Kim Coates said.

Coates said there was an option for a four-sided gazebo but they decided to take on the challenge of creating an octagon-shaped gazebo from blueprints drawn by the program's students.

Arma High School CTEC student Colin Monaghan said he remembers his parents promising to go to the park after a “stressful” doctor’s visit. Monaghan said he’s glad he could help make it easier for parents when they are faced with those types of visits.

“I absolutely love this,” he said. “It’s good for everyone and making an impact on many people.”

FCCC student Will Mengarelli agreed with his classmate.  

“It means a lot because you get to provide for the community and also learn something,” he said. “It’s nice to do something you love while you work and learn and also give back to the community.”

Mengarelli said another neat part about the project is watching it come to fruition.

After designing, measuring and cutting, the students put the project together temporarily to make sure everything fits in place, and then dismantled the project to move the gazebo to its official location.

People visiting CHC/SEK may notice the students completing the project on Thursday. The students said they hope to have the gazebo complete in one day.
— 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.