Construction tech students renovate church

Construction tech students renovate church

From left, Jeff Peariso, Steve Wyckoff, and Henry Woloson are supporting a Clarkston Junior High Construction Tech project to renovate the historic Sashabaw Presbyterian Church on Maybee Road. Please see page 4 for story and more pictures. Photo by Phil Custodio

Clarkston News Editor
The David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Clarkston Schools Construction Tech program for renovation of the historic Sashabaw Presbyterian Church on Maybee Road.
“It sounded like something David would have supported,” said Henry S. Woloson. “It’s a good fit. He was very much into manufacturing and construction, and he supported a lot of worker education.”
“This is incredible for the kids,” said Steve Wyckoff, construction technology instructor at Clarkston Junior High School. “I’ve been an educator for 28 years, and this is the cat’s meow, an opportunity to pick up something to give to the community. Kids are more involved moving around than sitting in a classroom.”
They have received about 40 donations so far, including wood from Ace Hardware to help cover up broken the windows; as well as a stainless steel countertop and sinks, power tools, scaffolding, material, and volunteer hours by adults and students.

The junior high students are masked and ready to work.

Donations of these types of items are still needed, as well as antique lights, chandeliers, and heirlooms.
“If your kids and grandkids don’t appreciate your heirlooms, we will,” Woloson said.
Work started about three weeks ago. So far, 72 students filled two 40-yard dumpsters, donated by TNR, with material from four rooms and kitchen in the basement
The restoration, which will take years to complete, will give students hands-on experience with wiring, construction, and math skills.
“It’s pretty solid,” said Construction Technology teacher Jeff Peariso.
“This has great bones,” Wyckoff said.
When complete, it could be used by the community for meetings, music and theater performances, banquets, weddings, and other events.
“It can be used for all kinds of things,” Wyckoff said.
The program, which he learned about from reading articles about it in The Clarkston News, will benefit students and the entire community, Woloson said.
“The governor talks about the need for enhanced education in the skilled trades,” he said.
Sashabaw Presbyterian’s historic church at 5331 Maybee Road was built by Ebenezer Beardslee and congregation members in 1855.
The church, presently located across the street at 5300 Maybee Road, partnered with the Clarkston Construction Technology program to restore the building earlier this year.
For more information or to donate, email, or check or “Sashabaw Presbyterian Church – USA” on Facebook.

3 Responses to "Construction tech students renovate church"

  1. Virginia Bennett   December 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Wonderful project. Bloomfield Hills has just done the renovation of a house that was moved to our school farm. I am a volunteer for the fundraisers that have supported the renovations. We did not have any idea what we were getting into. We have raised nearly 1million and now realize that it may never end. However we all love the little house and it has been a labor of love. So we wish you the best. Please keep us in the loop and let me know what you need. Their are grants available and learning to apply can be your best solution.

  2. Steve Wyckoff   March 19, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for the words of encouragement Virginia,

    We would love to talk to you about how the Bloomfield Hills school farm works and how to apply for any available grants. If you get a chance, please contact me.

    Thank you again,


  3. Michele Driscoll Maybee   May 7, 2018 at 9:36 am

    This is awesome to see! Of course headed up by the always wonderful, Steve Wyckoff!


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