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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MAY 16, 2018
Tiny house provides big lessons
Materials for the
house, other than a
portion of the wood
that was donated,
come out of the
school’s budget and
when the house sells,
they’ll buy material to
build another one.
And the kids chip
Not far from the
tiny house, piles of do-
nated items sit waiting
to be fi xed, cleaned
and photographed so
they can be listed on
Ebay or Craigslist. Th e
item staged and ready
for its close-up—a
bike, that was fi xed by
students in the bike
shop to the right of the
ation—Kerns said, is
worth several hundred
“Th ey (the students)
PHOTO BY CAITLYN MAY/COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL do a lot of research
to price the items,” he
The caption for the photo would look like this on the page. It explains all about the photo and what is in it.
Th e shop gives way
By Caitlyn May
He watches teenagers chat at
“We’re doing more projects,”
tables and lay in the grass, teach- Kerns said. “It’s a wood shop
antiques and things from yester-
ers play basketball and dogs run
project and when it’s done, we’re
year and classrooms that hold
he drive to Dorena is a
between. It’s lunchtime at Child’s going to sell it.”
no more than eight children
quiet one. Th e two-lane Way and Kerns, principal of the
Students have been working
per class, outfi tted with leather
highway doesn’t allow
charter school, stands watch.
on the project since September
chairs for reading in, long tables
for congestion and the scenery,
Child’s Way currently houses
and have gotten far enough that
for group discussions and piles
doesn’t allow for distraction.
40 students from grades fi ve
the structure is recognizable for
and piles of fabric for sewing
Trees untouched by timber trade through 12, sharing them
what it is; a house. Studs form
and stitching. Th e dogs have
long enough to grow tall enough among 10 teachers. With a
four walls and a roof. Th ere’s a
ventured back inside, some on
to encroach on the shoulder, line diff erent approach to teaching
loft bed, a bathroom with a sink
leashes, some following close
the road while the houses fade
(and learning), there’s usually
and a kitchen. An electric hot
behind a teacher. Others, nestled
into the rearview mirror and
something exciting going on at
water heater sits on the rear of
comfortable in beds tucked away
a winding trail stretches away
the school in Dorena but this
the house and wire and cables
in the corner of a classroom.
from Cottage Grove.
term, there’s something special.
snake in and out of beams.
Th ere’s seven, Kerns says. Th ree
It’s easy to miss. Th e sign is
Just beyond an art space lined
“We had an electrician come
of them, service dogs.
tethered to a chainlink fence
with whiteboards for walls and a out and show them how to wire
Standing again on the stoop,
just below the sight line and the
room scattered with typewriters, everything,” Kerns said. Next,
searches for an answer
shadow of fi r leaves threaten its
metal scrap and painting sup-
they’ll be a plumber to help on
parents would choose
borders. “Child’s Way” is barely
plies there’s a shop. It sits behind the two days a week students
heavy plastic strips reminiscent
venture into the space to work
“Th ey want a small school,”
Th e unpaved driveway yields
of old dock warehouses and
on the project.
says. “Maybe it’s that we don’t
to a cluster of house-like struc-
steps away from the school’s bike
“We’re not going fast,” Kerns
‘ok you’re getting in trouble’
tures and in the middle, on the
shop and Ebay staging area and
said. “Th ey’ve actually built it
kick them out. I don’t know,
stoop of the main building more it’s currently home to, a house.
twice already. If it’s screwed so
” he adds. “It’s really just
fi t for a 1920’s commune in
Th e students at Child’s Way
the stud doesn’t line up with
update New York than a school,
are building a house. A tiny
the base plate, they have to do it
stands Mike Kerns.
Bob Ehler fi xes
his 1,000th bike
The announcement comes one
week after reaching his 990th
PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK
Bob Ehler's 1,000th bike that will be given away on May 26.
Cottage Grove City Councilor Bob Ehler has done it.
He's repaired his 1,000th bike nearly a week to the day aft er
giving away his 990th bicycle as part of a three-year-long eff ort to
utilize his repair skills to provide bicycles for community members
To mark the occassion, Ehler and Pay it Forward--a community
Facebook page that facilitates Ehler's giveaways and repairs--will
be holding a contest. To enter, residents can visit the Facebook
page to contact the administrator or simply inquire about the bike
in a post. On May 26, administrators will choose a lucky new own-
er of the 1951 Elswick, three-speed bicycle.
"It's a rare bird," Ehler said. "It's all original."
Since reaching the milestone, Ehler has been contacted by Lane
Community College and will begin teaching a bicycle repair class
on July 25.
"It's a new chapter for me," he said. "I've been behind a desk but
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