PLAINVILLE - Town leaders headed to the Plainville Housing Authority last week to congratulate high school students who built a new gazebo for residents.
The students gathered at the gazebo along with their teacher, David Marchesani; Town Manager Robert E. Lee; members of the Town Council; and Plainville Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeff DiCosimo. The students were presented with a plaque for their efforts.
Jennifer Dahlstrom, resident services coordinator at the Housing Authority at 234 East St., said 20 tech ed. students from the high school had been working since January on the pieces of the gazebo. It was assembled the previous Friday and residents had already begun to make use of it.
“We wanted to provide a sheltered place for our elderly residents to sit outside,” said Dahlstrom. “We reached out to the high school and teacher David Marchesani said that he was willing to do it for his classes’ final project. He kept in touch with us throughout the entire design process and we love it. We’re so appreciative of him and of the great group of students that worked on this. We paid for the materials and they took care of the labor.”
Linda DeZenzo, executive director of the Plainville Housing Authority, said she was “blown away” by the finished product.
“I’m very impressed with the workmanship,” she said. “It was a very professionally done job and our residents will be enjoying it for years to come.”
Jared Riback, one of the students who worked on the project, said the final product “looked great.”
“I really like the lattice pattern and open design,” said Riback.
Lee said he also thought the lattice design was “very creative.”
Marchesani said the students, who were part of an advanced construction class, “put a tremendous effort in” and did a quality construction job. He noted that they worked from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day that the gazebo went up.
“This will be a nice space for residents to sit and enjoy the outdoors,” said council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese. “They did a great job and it was nice to see the school coordinate with a town facility.”
Councilor Scott Saunders also thought the students “did an amazing job.”
“It came out beautiful and I’m sure that it will be heavily used,” he said.
Councilor Rosemary Morante said she also liked the design of the Gazebo.
“This was a very special, great project for the kids to do,” she said.
“They did a beautiful job and I’m sure a lot of seniors will enjoy sitting and relaxing in it,” said DiCosimo.
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