On Friday, Jan. 12, five Home Depot associates came to help our second-graders build wooden calendars. The Home Depot employees brought all the students their own orange Home Depot smocks. The students were so excited when each of them received a smock with their name on it. Once they put their smocks on, they went to work on our cafeteria floor building their calendars. Each student was given a kit that contained instructions, the wooden pieces, nails, and stickers for the dates and months. Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Engineering and Design Loop teaches our students to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. By using this philosophy, students were able to rise above the occasion. If they did not succeed the first time, they took the calendar apart until they figured out how to put it together correctly. It took over an hour. However, after a lot of hammering, each student had a calendar that made he/she proud. Thank you, Home Depot, for giving these second-graders the opportunity for hands on learning that embodies our West Fannin STEM initiative. A special thank you to these Home Depot associates who were wonderful with the students and staff: Becky Coleman, Bryan Urguhart, Nicole Marcus, Pattie Shearouse, and Lisa Cohn.