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  • Woodworking on TV news 11-2017

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    LOS ALTOS (KPIX 5) Very few schools today give students a chance to take a woodworking class. But at one small school in the Bay Area, every eighth grader looks forward to the time when they can pick up a block of wood, and make something with their own two hands. It’s all thanks to Richard Winslow and Peter Pipe. The close friends and woodworking enthusiasts have been volunteering their own time for the past 16 years, teaching young people at Miramonte Christian School in Los Altos how to sand, cut, and drill wood. For two hours every Friday, rain or shine, it’s woodworking time for the eighth grade class.

    Winslow, who is 78, and Pipe, who is 93, agree: there is more to woodworking that sandpaper, glue, and a drill press. Both see it as a dying art, and their mission is to show their students how cool it actually is to take a block of wood and turn it into their very own “something.”

    “As a child you may not be interested in woodworking at all but it does teach you,” explained Winslow. “Some new things, hand – eye coordination that you would never develop maybe or you can see opportunities how it ties in with other types of work.”

    The men have collected the tools for the class over the years. In the beginning, storage was a bit haphazard, with cabinets full of tools and supplies all over the school. But just this year, space was made for a permanent woodshop location on campus. Like the tools, and class space, the wood is also donated, so the program runs on a tight but efficient budget. Each child only has to pay a ten dollar fee for the year. Everyone makes a pencil holder and a race car, with end-of-class races held yearly. Students also get to choose a third project. Over the years, the kids have built their own book shelves and wooden puzzles. It’s an experience many students say they know they are lucky to have.

    “I’ve never known that I’ve been able to do something like this,” said student Elizabeth Holderman. “And I’m really excited to try things out and learn something new.”

    The students also know the classes would not have been possible without the determination of Miramonte teacher Ronna Sato. She got to know Winslow through church and she saw in him both talent and teaching potential. But Winslow was still working at his day job then. Sato never gave up on her woodworking class idea, and when Winslow left his engineering career, she made her pitch.

    “As soon as he retired I swooped in and asked him if he thought that that might be a possibility because I’d seen some of the things he’d made,” Sato said with a laugh.

    That was 2001. Soon after, Winslow talked his old friend Peter Pipe into joining in him. Neither gentleman has looked back since.

    “I enjoy seeing the kids achieve things, explained Pipe.” I tell them ‘You’re going to show this to your grandmother one day and you’re going to be so proud.”

    The students this pair have taught are both proud and lucky. More than 250 students have gone through the class. And both men do other volunteer work. Pipe has made hundreds of wooden toys for the Ronald McDonald House. Winslow works for “Rebuilding Together,” an organization that helps local homeowners having trouble keeping up with the maintenance of their homes.


  • 7th Annual Walk-a-Thon - Friday September 22, 2017

    The 7th annual Miramonte Christian School Walk-a-Thon is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd, 2017 from 9am-noon.  This event is organized by the Miramonte Christian School's Home & School organization but parent volunteers and prize sponsors are needed. Contact our H&S leader, Mrs Rose Shimizu for more information:  http://miramonteschool.org/parent-resources/homeschool-pta-scrip

  • 6th annual Walk-a-Thon on Friday October 7, 2016

    The 6th annual Miramonte Christian School Walk-a-Thon is scheduled for Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 9am-noon.  This event is organized by the Miramonte Christian School's Home & School organization and parent volunteers are needed. Contact our H&S leaders, Mrs Rose Shimizu and Mrs Karen Mock for more information: http://miramonteschool.org/parent-resources/homeschool-pta-scrip

  • PRINCIPAL'S LETTER TO PARENTS - JULY 19, 2016

    A letter from Principal Maloon was sent to all families that are currently enrolled for the coming school year 2016-7.  If you didn't receive the email titled "Summer Update from Mr. Maloon" sent from the office on July 19th, please contact the office to update your current email address so you won't miss out on future communications!

  • Fall Festival in Los Altos Town Crier, October 2015

    Our local newspaper, The Los Altos Town Crier, had a reporter at the annual Fall Festival who wrote a short feature on the event. 

  • Principal's Letter to Parents - July 20, 2015

    A letter from Principal Maloon was sent to all families that are currently enrolled for the coming school year. If you didn't receive the email titled "Letter from Principal Maloon" sent from the office on July 20th, please contact the office to update your current email address so you won't miss out on future communications!