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The La Crosse Area Builders Association will present teachers from 18 area high schools with tools valued at almost $8,000 during the association’s regular meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Celebrations on the River at Shenanigans, 2100 Dawson Ave.

The tools, intended for use in the schools’ building-related programs, are intended to help train students to be the skilled laborers so many builders need, said Alex Goodman, chairman of the association’s Building Careers Grant Program.

“If we can assist the schools, with tight budgets, to introduce students to the trades, that helps the whole industry,” Goodman said.

Instructors of building-related classes applied for funding for tools or other items that can be used for years through the grant program, and the association was able to provide funding to all the schools who applied.

Among the items the association is donating are:

  • Masonry hammer drill
  • Framing nailer
  • Ladder racks for enclosed job site trailer
  • Stepladders
  • Jigsaw
  • Sawzall
  • Brad nailer
  • Roofing safety harness kits
  • Compound miter saw
  • Assorted hand tools, such as hammers, tapes and screwdriver sets, as well as carpenter aprons.


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