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Students apply skills to USS Edson renovation

Associated Press Modified: November 1, 2012 at 9:33 am •  Published: November 1, 2012

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. (AP) — More than 30 students from the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center swapped time in the classroom for real-life experience aboard the USS Edson.

"I like getting my hands on a piece of history," said Logan Rabideau, a junior student enrolled in the Career Center's engineering and drafting program. "I have experience restoring historic homes in the area, and I would love to come back to the Edson and make sure it looks good for everyone else to see."

Rabideau was one of two groups of students that recently visited the USS Edson to volunteer. Volunteer shifts lasted an hour and a half each.

Eric Stasser, engineering and drafting instructor at the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, said that he is always looking for ways to apply what is learned in the classroom to community projects.

"I know they really needed able bodies to help out, and the Edson is such an engineering marvel," Stasser said. "I contacted the museum to see about volunteering and if this is helpful, we may come back later in the fall."

Students split up into groups aboard the ship and took turns touring the Edson to learn about its engineering, using needle-guns and brushes to remove old paint from the bridge.

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