Books for Troops gets new bookcases

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services construction technology students presented four bookcases Feb. 9 to Books for Troops, a not-for-profit organization that send books to troops stationed overseas and to veterans hospitals across the country. From left, are Xavier Ortega, Michael Piska, Cameron Tarbox, Matthew Crounse and Books for Troops Director Ellen Keegan. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN – Students in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services’s Career and Technical Center’s construction technology program recently used their skills to help a charity that benefits veterans and troops overseas.

The construction students built four bookcases for donation to the Clifton Park-based Books for Troop Inc., a not-for-profit organization that sends books to troops stationed overseas and to veterans hospitals across the country.

According to Ellen Keegan, the founder and director of the organization, Books for Troops has mailed about 500,000 books to service members and veterans since its beginning in 2010.

A crew of four students built the bookcases. They were Matthew Crounse and Xavier Ortega, both of Amsterdam, Cameron Tarbox of Johnstown, and crew foreman Michael Piska of Broadalbin-Perth.

The construction technology program is a two-year program that stresses career preparation in the building trades with an emphasis on green building techniques.

Through building projects on campus, students are exposed to a variety of construction trades including residential construction, blueprint reading and estimating, building materials and tools, surveying, foundation, floor wall and roof systems, insulation, window and door installation, home electrical wiring, and energy use analysis.

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