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About Toolbox

In the fall of 2014, as a parent volunteer, Jeffrey “J” Prothero offered to help Zach Fields with the new Construction Technology program that he was starting at Roswell High School. Sometime thereafter, it was Prothero’s observation that the students participating in the construction program would be better prepared if given the opportunity to develop age-appropriate knowledge and skills in their earlier years.  Acting on this notion, Prothero launched Georgia’s first club level middle school construction program at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Here, students learned fundamentals in wood framing, electric, plumbing, and masonry through a single complex project that was entirely hands-on. Named “Jr. Hornet Construction”, this after-school club turned into a full-blown class made available to all Elkins Pointe students after just two years at club level.

While running the program at Elkins Pointe, Prothero explored the possibility of having elementary school programs which could feed into Roswell’s two middle schools.  In short order, Mimosa Elementary School was enthusiastically on board, thus leading to the creation of Georgia’s first elementary program for basic construction skills. Called the “Young Apprentice Construction Club”, this project-based learning program focuses on woodworking skills while completing take-home projects. Additionally, all students get exposure to power tools (drill presses, corded drills, and compound miter saws), various hand tools and safety.

As of August  2018, the “Young Apprentice Construction Club”, along with its 112 current student members and 30+ volunteers, exists in all six schools which feed into Roswell’s two middle schools, thereby completing the first elementary to high school construction technology pipeline in Georgia.

It is the ambition of “toolbox” to make available to every elementary and middle school in the state of Georgia the sorely needed curriculum that our kids need if ever they are to realize the fulfillment found when they work with their hands.

Sponsors

Association of General Contractors of Georgia (

Association of General Contractors of Georgia (AGC-GA)
Mike Dunham, CEO
AGC Georgia Headquarters & Training Center
1940 The Exchange
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone (678) 298-4100

Roswell Rotary
Becky Stone, President
P.O. Box 783
Roswell, GA 30077

Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA)
Zach Fields, VP
P.O. Box 92121
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404) 333-2487

Make it Snappy Tools, Inc.
Tim Quiring, Sales Manager
Make it Snappy Tools, Inc.
www.snappytools.com
Phone: (940) 686-6900

Chick-Fil-A – Roswell Corners
Paul Joubert, Restaurant Operator
1185 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: (678) 795-0155

Chick-Fil-A – Roswell Town Center
Jim Waddel, Restaurant Operator
604 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: (770) 641-8436

Home Depot – Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA
Russell Mann, Store Manager
870 Woodstock Rd
Roswell, GA 30075
Store: (678) 461-0155
Pro Desk: (678) 461-0413

Home Depot – Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA
George Connolly, Store Manager
1580 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
Store: (770) 518-3071
Tool and Truck Rental: (678) 277-4178
Pro Desk: (678) 277-4172

Lummus Supply
Richard Ayers, Manager
11700 Alpharetta Hwy.
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: (770) 475-0200

In The News

FEB 12, 2016 – Elkins Pointe Middle School
Junior Hornet Construction Club

JUL 26, 2017 – Fulton County Schools Produced Video about Toolbox’s Young Apprentice Construction Club
Jr. Hornet Construction Young Apprentice Program at Mimosa ES 

MAR 22, 2018 – GPB Unplugged
In-Depth Interview with Jeffrey Prothero