Mike Rowe: Please Support this Gofundme Campaign

Created May 14, 2015
Mark Dunn
We are trying to raise money for our Design and Fabrication Class that was started this year to buy equipment and tools.  We are a small school district in rural Luther Oklahoma.  The program was started this year with two Mig welders, a small plasma cutter,  basic tools, and a handful of computers.  The kids took what little we had and did really a good job fabricating some amazing projects.  

They are in need of more equipment so that we can service more kids and offer them more opportunities to learn skills.  All of their projects are sold to cover the cost of materials for the next year.  Every little bit helps, even $1.  

Programs like this one have proven to keep kids in school.  Several of these kids worked several hours into the night on these projects.  Our ultimate goal is to give these kids an opportunity to learn the skills to obtain a decent paying job.  Our college bound kids will also benefit by being able to work their way through college earning enough to not have an enormous student loan debt.  

As you can see they are very motivated.  They just need a few more tools.  Thank you for taking the time to read our gofundme.

FB message from Mike Rowe on this campaign:

I like this guy. I don’t know him, but I like him. Mark Dunn teaches shop in Luther Oklahoma. By all accounts, his kids love him, and he’s very good at what he does. This year, he taught his class how to build a locomotive. A frickin’ locomotive/smoker!

In a sane world, local media would be shining a bright light on what these kids have accomplished. Instead, Mark and his class have been largely ignored. Even the State Fair turned them away for some reason or another.

Mark Dunn is frustrated, and I don’t blame him. So much of what we talk about at mikeroweWORKS redounds to this exact thing - a rank indifference to the very thing we should be celebrating. Wanna know why shop class is dying on the vine? Wanna know why there’s a skills gap? Wanna know why we’ve got 1.2 trillion dollars in student loans? It’s because we don’t reward real initiative and real work ethic where it matters most - in kids who are trying to figure out how to be of use in modern society.

I never post links to gofundme pages, because if I did, that’s all I’d do. But Mark has one, and it’s worth checking out. They’re trying to raise money for their shop class, so if you’re in the market for a modest but working choo-choo/smoker, give it look. If that’s too much clicking and reading, just share this. Maybe it’ll help give them the exposure they deserve.

Mike Rowe​

PS. Screw it. Here’s the link. http://www.gofundme.com/umbhes

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