Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser

Burbank CA, May 12 - 2012 - On your mark, get set, learn!
 
Men that went to school in the 60’s and 70’s saw a different style of education. Besides Math, English, and History, they also had trade related programs in Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Electronics, and Auto Shop.
 
“I remember we had a bunch of shops. Even a printing class where you had to move each letter individually like how they made the original Gutenberg Bible In the 1450s,” says Craig Schulze, longtime Burbank resident.  The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book to be produced on a printing press - a skill still being widely taught until recently.
 
There was also high school Electronics shop as my dad recalls - “I remember making an electric switch equalizer that programmed lights to flash with the beat of music. It was way beyond cool for that time. Shops were a place I could go to do something that was challenging, but that I could really enjoy.” Getting out of the classroom is an important part of educating our teens. Having more shops such as Burbank High School’s Auto Shop would keep kids more interested in their education.”
 
It could be argued that these classes aren’t necessary any longer because we are in the digital age. However, what good is the digital age if our young adults have no conception of how anything works? Do you know many 17 year olds that know how to turn off the water to the toilet in case it was overflowing? Would they even know how to plunge it?
 
Fortunately Burbank High School has supported the cause of trade educating Burbank High School students by maintaining their Auto class. “We’ve recently cleaned up the shop in efforts to get more accomplished,” says Jordan Schulze co-president of the BHS Auto Club. “I spend a lot of time here after school working on various projects including welding, changing oil, and learning about cars with my friends and Mr. Lopez [the Auto teacher].” Jordan is not running around terrorizing the neighborhood, or even racing around in his sweet '69 Chevy Camaro, he is choosing to learn. That is the power of Auto Shop.
 
Having a program like this teaches our young about how to be practical and useful within our community. Burbank High School’s Auto Shop is truly a thing of pride.

By Jake Berg

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Photos by Randy Berg

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Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser
Burbank High School teens host first annual auto shop fundraiser

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