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Middle school TSA presents signs to Maritime Museum

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Above, from left, are Marvin Tiller, Jack Ruark, Tyler Radabaugh, Brooke Daniel, Cole Radabaugh and Matthew Short.

by Brooke Daniel
and Tyler Radabaugh

The Deltaville Maritime Museum suffered a devastating fire and major loss on July 18, 2012 when buildings were destroyed and the museum lost many irreplaceable artifacts. When considering a local community service group to assist for a construction and technology competition, the St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) decided the Deltaville Maritime Museum would be a great choice because of its crucial needs during reconstruction.

The students also learned that the museum is reliant on donations, fund-raising events, and tireless volunteers. For the past months, all 11 SCW TSA members have worked with the museum’s executive board on ideas to help, and ultimately decided to build different signs to be displayed throughout the park.

On Friday, April 26, the SCW TSA presented its completed signage project to the Deltaville Maritime Museum. The SCW TSA team constructed eight cypress wood signs using ArtCAM software to create the designs, and then used a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine to cut and engrave the wood. The signs were then sanded, painted, and sealed to perfection. 

Signs were completed that stated “Exit Only,” “Vendor Exit,” “Farmer’s Market,” and “Donated Boats for Sale,” as well as four directional arrow signs. The signs were displayed at this past weekend’s opening of the renovated museum. 

The signs will be mounted on the property to direct visitors throughout the park. Park director Marvin Tiller said, “I am very pleased with this quality product and we greatly appreciate it!”

Museum vice president Bill Powell agreed that the signs would be a great asset to the museum.

The SCW TSA looks forward to assisting the museum with other construction needs in the future and thanks Mr. Tiller, Mr. Powell, and the executive board for their assistance in this project. The students have learned that hard work can be very rewarding to oneself and the community, particularly in preserving our local heritage. 

SCW TSA members include: Kenneth Beam, Brooke Daniel, Jack Graulich, Chloe Hodges, Kevin Horton, Andrew Hudson, Jeffery Jones, Jerry Lindsey, Cole Radabaugh, Tyler Radabaugh, Jack Ruark, and SCW TSA advisor Matthew Short.

To donate directly to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, please call 776-7200.

posted 05.01.2013

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