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Moore Norman tech center students put skills to work for nonprofit agency

Moore Norman Technology Center carpentry students put their training to good use recently when they built dressers and bookshelves for Bridges, an agency that provides housing for homeless teens.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: October 3, 2012

Money for the project came from Norman's Community Development Block Grant program. Manpower for getting the units installed once construction was complete came from volunteers participating in United Way's annual Day of Caring.

Carpentry students used a bus and a flatbed truck to move the furniture to Bridges on Friday. Volunteers and Bridges' staff members spent the day painting and installing them, Krittenbrink said.

“This is a great example of the generosity of spirit displayed by our community,” she said. “A number of people collaborated out of the goodness of their hearts so that our students could have a comfortable living space.”

Students at Bridges pay sliding-scale rent on one of 20 apartments maintained by the organization. In turn, they receive case management, mentoring and assistance with school and emergency needs.

The students are required to maintain appropriate grades and school attendance, keep a job and work toward high school graduation.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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