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Claude W. Keefer Industrial Arts Building
at Elmwood High School

Elmwood High School – Industrial Arts Building

The Elmwood Community Foundation is proud to support this endeavor by partnering with the Elmwood C.U.S.D. #322 to receive charitable donations of support on the school’s behalf. All gifts will receive an appropriate charitable acknowledgment from the ECF for the donor’s records. See our Ways to Give tab for more information on how to support this project.

Why Industrial Arts?

 “The concept of adding an Industrial Arts structure to the current Elmwood High School building would benefit our students significantly.  College and Career Readiness has been a movement for our schools – at the high school level and beyond – for several years now.  Students need to have an opportunity to discover various pathways for post-high school success.  By expanding our facilities with the construction of a dedicated Industrial Arts addition, we are providing students with the opportunity to explore a career in an important sector of our society:  the trades. This would give students that may not be looking to pursue the prototypical college tract, but rather, gain insight and experience into a career where they could immediately start earning wages and work towards proficiency in the field of a particular trade.  Additionally, having an expanded Industrial Arts program would provide all students with additional electives that would open up their daily, high school schedules to a further range of course offerings.” 

Chad Wagner, Elmwood C.U.S.D. #322 Superintendent

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Claude Keefer, Elmwood C.U.S.D. #322 Board of Education member and retired CAT engineer,
has long been a champion for students and especially for the benefits students gain by being exposed to industrial arts and the trades. Claude started Trojan Tool Day eight years ago. Trojan Tool Day is a one-day event designed to introduce Elmwood students to tools, the trades and industrial arts. There is a reason for his dedication to this project; Claude graduated from Elmwood High School in 1971. He credits a teacher at E.H.S. for changing the direction of his life. He believes in Industrial Arts and wants to ensure students today and in the future, have that same opportunity. At their regular meeting on August, 29, 2022, the Elmwood C.U.S.D. #322 Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to name the new industrial arts building, the Claude W. Keefer Industrial Arts building.

The estimated cost for the 3000 square foot building is expected to be about $700,000. Elmwood C.U.S.D. #322 is committed to this project and has dedicated at least half of the project costs. Any dollar raised through philanthropic giving will be one less dollar the school would be deficit spending for FY23. 

Watch for more updates as the project develops!

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Elmwood Students at Work:


Thank you for helping us bring more Industrial Arts opportunities to our students!

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