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Juan Chavel, at top left, and Lexis Chavez secure the table as Jacob Clevidence screws in some supports. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2014 - About 25 students at Renaissance High School are putting their carpentry skills to the test, making tables for an outdoor classroom.

Their math skills are also getting a workout, said teacher Sara Mastie.

"This has been a really good geometry project," Mastie said. "If an angle is off by just a few degrees, the piece won't fit. It helps them realize how important angles can be."

The four octangular picnic tables and a teaching board are funded entirely though a grant through Project Learning Tree. Employees from Lowe's also stopped by to help students plan and design the project, the teacher said.

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"They're turning out really nice looking, sturdy tables," she said.

The project will be complete this week, she said.

-- Phil Custodio

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