The Wilmington Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), women who work in the construction industry and promote the development of women, have recently sponsored a free program for elementary children (K-6th) to learn about the construction industry.
The students used building blocks, string, cardboard, rock and foil and built something related to the construction industry (no people or animals). After the projects were built, they discussed their projects with the judges who were local construction business people, owners and architects.
One child in each grade (K-6th) won a prize of $10. Third place prize was $10; second place prize was $15; and first place prize was $25. All who participated received a hard hat.
Wayne Bennet, a 6th grader from Gunning Bedford, who built a pro basketball court, was the first place overall winner.
The second place overall winner was Kyle Reed, a 5th grader from Pleasantville Elementary, who built a memorial for troops in Iraq.
The third place overall winner was Cheyanne A. DeShields, a 4th grader from J. McVey Elementary, who built a custom two-story home with pool and outdoor living area and attached carport.
Each Grade Winner
• K — Tyler Lightcap of McCullough Elementary built a house with furniture, people, TV and rope. The house was next to a mountain.
• 1 — Jordan Finamore, of Castle Hills Elementary, built a boat house.
• 2 — Derrick Smith, of Brick Mill Elementary, built a city, memorial, mountainside and waterfall.
• 3 — Markel Samuels, of Eisenberg Elementary, built a bridge.
• 4 — Jessica Martinez, of Castle Hill Elementary, built The O Company with its own sign, road and bridge to the company.
• 5 — Chrissy Lewonas, of Cedar Lane Elementary, built a solar-powered construction building.
• 6 — Cassie Harkins, of William Henry Elementary, built a pro stadium for Pittsburgh.
• K — Conner Kolek, of Glasgow Christian Academy, built telephone poles.
• K — Garvin Acquaviva, of Appoquinimink Early Childhood, built a pirate ship next to a building.
• K— Andrew Nagy, of Corpus Christi, built Mom Mom’s house.
• 1 — Seth Eriksen, of Southern Elementary, built a castle.
• 1 — Austin Dunn, of Wilmington Manor, built a garage.
• 2 — Bryce Lamers, of MOT Charter School, built a sports stadium.
• 2 — Alex Lewonas, of Cedar Lane Elementary, built a bridge.
• 2 — Ben Nylander, of Brick Mill Elementary, built a train station.
• 2 — Veronica Lynch, of Lynden Hill Elementary, built the Empire State Building and landscaping.
• 3 — Matt Dickerson, of Chesapeake City Elementary, built a crane.
• 3 — Brittany Chandler, of Southern Elementary, built an ice cream shop.
• 3 — Stephanie Smith, of Brick Mill Elementary, built an Air Force car garage.
• 4 — Khyanne DeShields, of J. McVey Elementary, built a castle with car and walkway.
• 4 — Sean Bowers, of Townsend Elementary, built a crane and Eagles stadium.
• 5 — Jarrett Middleton,of Pleasantville Elementary, built a wrecking ball.
• 5 — Brady Lamers, of MOT Charter, built a rocket.
Jeanett’s Accounting Service; Insurance & Financial Services LTD of DE; M. Davis and Sons; Commercial Roofing of DE; Modern Equipment; Delaware Contractors Association (DCA); Lynch General Contracting; A.R. Myers Glass; Battaglia Electric; EDiS Company; Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC); Chesapeake Mortgage Funding; InSite Inc.; Advanced Mechanical; The Small Business Administration; Gilbane Building Co.; Carpenters 626 Local Union Hall; and R.G.S. Enterprises, all participated in the event.
Kim Horne, Patricia Ryan, Nayke Cale, Chris Brunswick, Baily Brunswick, Dillon DiSalvo and Austin MacKnight, also contributed to the success of the program.