Tool donation

Monticello High School industrial technology students go through $50,000 in donated tools they received last week from Milwaukee Tool.

Monticello High School industrial technology instructor Ryan Woodham was just looking for some artwork to spruce up a recently cleaned up storage room at the school.

What he got – thanks to Milwaukee Tool – was two pallets worth of equipment that included circular saws, drills, impact drivers, wrenches, hackzalls, hammer drills and more.

When he added it all up, Woodham estimated the value of the donation at $50,000.

I was in complete surprise at the quantity of tools,” said Woodham when a semi showed up Sept. 4 to make the

delivery.

I had reached out to Milwaukee Tool and asked if they would be willing to donate some banners and/or posters to hang up and make the room feel less bland,” he added. “They indicated they were sending two pallets but I had no idea how tall they would be or what would be on them.”

The company indicated in an email that the tools are “in working condition” but no longer salable since they had been replaced by newer models. Woodham said a quick glance shows all of them to be new and a significant upgrade for his program.

The timing is also perfect, with the high school offering a construction/building trades program for the first time this fall.

In the correspondence to Woodham, Milwaukee Tool spokesman Katie Gavin said, “This is a donation of tools to further enhance the learning experience in your classroom. We value education you are providing to students in your technical education classes. We sincerely hope you find these tools to be an asset to your program.”

This donation has freed up a lot of potential funds for years to come,” said Woodham, who usually spends less than $1,000 per school year on new tools. “We no longer have to worry about budgeting for power tools. There is more than enough to least the rest of my career as long as the batteries hold up.”

The Monticello school board approved the establishment of the construction and building trades track to encourage students to enter the burgeoning construction field, where Woodham said there is a shortage of workers.

We want to prepare our students to possibly go into the industry, but more importantly we want to train them how to become homeowners,” Woodham told the school board last December when he introduced the idea.