LFHS Woodcraft Students Build Toys for Tots

LFHS Woodcraft Students Build Toys for Tots

LFHS Woodcraft Students Build Toys for Tots

Beginning in the month of November 2012, the Lake Forest High School Woodcraft students were presented with the challenge to produce wooden toys that would be donated to the United States Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Part of the challenge this year was to get as many students involved in the process and extend efforts beyond the Introductory Woodcraft course.

This year students were asked to volunteer their time before and after school, during Thanksgiving break and even a Saturday in early December to finish the toys. Lake Forest High School students produced two toys, a wooden guitar and a toy rattle. Some of the toys parts were produced using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) that was donated to the Woodcraft program by the Lake Forest Foundation. This technology allowed students the opportunity to experience modern production methods and develop toys while learning these new techniques.

After a month of hard work the students were able to complete nearly 350 of the toys.  The toys were picked up by Local Coordinating Officer of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. The toys will be distributed to families across Lake County Illinois and some parts of southern Wisconsin. To learn more, visit


Rosemary December 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Kudos to the LFHS woodcraft teacher for turning a lesson into helping others. Also, how impressive that these students use their free time in such a productive way! Thanks for the story. We need to hear more of the good things going on in schools today.


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