Students build benches to improve downtown Manawa

Little Wolf High School students build benches to improve downtown.

MANAWA - Students in Manawa are making a difference.

With a saw, a tape measure, and a lot of hard work, more than a dozen students at Little Wolf High School are using their skills to build benches.

"We had a lot of fun doing it," said Craig Hokenstad.

The benches are being put downtown to give the area a fresh new look.

"It's a great way to help the community," Hokenstad said.

The project started in March. With eight benches completed, there's still seven more to build.

Dan Koehler is the Little Wolf High School technology education teacher helping the students with the project.

"I think it's a great idea for the school and the community to have a great relationship and for them to have the opportunity to produce something," said Koehler.

Once the benches are put together, students still have to add the final touches.

"You have to make sure it looks good," said Alexis Wepner.

Wepner is a freshman and she enjoys painting the benches.

"When it looks good, you're like wow I did that," Wepner said.

Koehler says the benches are a part of the city's revitalization project.

"They're just trying to fix up downtown and make it a more desirable place for everybody in town and out of town," Koehler said.

Students are learning much more than building skills.

High school senior Alec Ferg says he learned how to work with his fellow classmates.

The benches will be on display until winter and then put out again next spring.