AVON — The Maine School of Masonry hosted a day-long event where local home-schooled students learned the basics of masonry in October.
The school, located at 637 Rangeley Road, made way for the homeschooled students to have their own stations in the workshop. There the students worked on individual projects under the watch of instructors and senior masonry students.
“It’s always great to see the enthusiasm kids have for masonry,” said Stephen D. Mitchell, director. “It’s great how they absorb the lessons. There’s nothing like a little hands-on learning to spark their interest.”
The school has an ongoing open invitation to schools throughout the state to visit the campus to learn more about masonry. Visiting students will be given a demonstration in masonry and offered a chance to do their own hands-on project.
Mitchell opened MSM in 2005. Since then he has taught students the fundamentals of laying brick and stone work, empowering graduates with the skills to start their own masonry business, or to obtain a professional job in the business, after nine months of instruction.
The school’s new program in historic renovation and preservation is the only course of its kind in the country, giving students hands-on learning experiences at National Historic Landmark locations, such as the Kennebec Arsenal and Fort Knox. The techniques students learn on site enable them to help preserve the nation’s heritage for future generations.