Crestview, Home Depot Engage Students in Summer DIY Workshop

Student Uses a Hammer While Volunteer Assists
Shawnee Mission School District

A Shawnee Mission elementary school turned into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project workshop for students recently.

With the help from The Home Depot in Merriam and through funding from the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation students in Crestview’s Jump Start to Learning and Isabel Helmuth Summer Acceleration Program built and painted their own creations. Click here to see a video.

“It’s fun for us to come and let students do something fun and do their own creative artwork,” Sarah Conkling, The Home Depot, said. 

Principal John Bartel said that having so many volunteers from the Foundation, district board of education, and staff members from the Center for Academic Achievement  at the event helped make it such a success for students.

The project encouraged students to practice their listening skills and their ability to follow spoken and written directions.

“We spent time with students discussing how to use a hammer, how to keep a work area organized, how to complete a project, and how to clean up after themselves,” Bartel said. “The students were extremely proud of their work.”

Jump Start to Learning serves students who will be entering kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year, giving them an opportunity to practice literacy, numeracy, and the skills of being a student before their first day of school.

The Isabel Helmuth Summer Acceleration program provides Crestview students an opportunity to gain extra practice in reading, math, or both subjects. Support for this program has been provided by the family of Isabel Helmuth through the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.


Student Uses a Hammer While Volunteer Assists
An Adult Assists a Student on a Building Project
A Student Gets Ready to Paint a DIY Project
A Student Paints A DIY Project at Crestview
A Student Hammers Nails into a Toolbox Project
A Volunteer Assists a Student in a Toolbox Project
Superintendent Fulton Assists a Student on a Building Project
A Student Builds a DIY Project with Help From a Volunteer
Volunteers Smile With Finished Student Projects after Assisting Students