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Special Career Education Students Build Cat Shelter

Students Put Employable Skills to Use and Help the Community


Two students building the cat shelter   The cat shelter


The Facility Maintenance students in Arthur Pagano’s class at Harry B. Ward Technical Center recently worked with a local philanthropic organization to help provide shelter for feral cats in the Wading River area. The students made use of the skills they are learning in class to build an outdoor structure for cats. The Facility Maintenance class is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES special career education program that teaches students with special needs everything involved with properly maintaining buildings and grounds so that they may possibly secure entry-level employment in that field.


Students and staff around the cat shelter


The students used hand and power tools to build a shelter that is approximately 3’ x 4.5’ and rests on a 4’ x 5’ platform. “This is built just like a house,” explained Facility Maintenance Teacher Arthur Pagano. “I taught them framing, siding, and roofing. We just scaled it down to build a cat shelter.” The shelter was donated to SAVES (Spay and Vaccinate Every Stray), a local organization that provides care for feral cats. East Wind Catering in Wading River has agreed to let SAVES put the shelter on their grounds.