North Tahoe High students create 200 toys for local children |

North Tahoe High students create 200 toys for local children

Ken Gracey
Special to the Sun
Helicopters were among the toys created before Christmas.
Courtesy photo |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In the several weeks leading up to Christmas, North Tahoe High School students designed and fabricated 200 toys for North Tahoe children.

Teacher Anne Butterworth oversaw the project as part of her Engineering Technology class, a modern workshop equipped with a 3D printer, CNC router, laser cutter and traditional woodworking tools.

The students worked in teams for the toy design and production work. They created helicopters, airplanes, Jenga-style games, skateboards and cup with ball toys.

The toys were built with assembly line manufacturing techniques, computer-controlled tools and their own handcraft skills.

They were packaged up in gift bags to be distributed to 25 less fortunate children through the Kings Beach Head Start program.

When asked what makes a program like this possible, Mrs. Butterworth replied, “The community support of Measure A and our school leadership of Principal Joanna Mitchell.”

North Tahoe High School students were impressively motivated by the productive, selfless nature of the project, too.

The toys were finished the day before Christmas break, and the workshop truly reflected the spirit of giving.

Ken Gracey is an active community member and avid supporter of activities at North Tahoe High School.