Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Riverside High School FFA students in the agricultural structural engineering class recently constructed a 16-by-20-foot pergola in the school’s courtyard to provide an outdoor learning space for their fellow peers.
The class first learned about calculating board foot, structural design and terminology in class.
Then the pupils had to lay out and square up the framing of the pergola before any construction could begin. Next, the students set up post frames, attached the girders and then the rafters of the pergola.
Constructing the pergola was part of a service-learning project that is completed by the FFA each year.
The purpose of the service project is to provide an opportunity for the chapter members to demonstrate the skills necessary in planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating a service learning project.