Students modernize Olyphant station

The historic Lackawanna County train station is getting a makeover and students are honing their skills while giving back to the community.

OLYPHANT, Pennsylvania – The sound of hammers echoes through Queen City Station in Olyphant tuesday. The students of the Lackawanna County Career Technology Center carry out repairs on the station apron.

“The Borough of Olyphant contacted us a few weeks ago and asked if we could help them with a community service project replacing the decking at their historic train station,” said Shane Malicky, woodworking instructor.

Students gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom that allows them to hone their carpentry skills.

“We have to demo all the boards and then we have to make sure everything is level, then we put this Trex decking on and make sure everything is level and secure,” said student Maiya Rizner.

The skills students learn are good for carrying over into adult life, even if they don’t plan on a career in carpentry.

“Hiring someone, obviously, is going to be expensive. When you know how to do the skill set yourself, then you’ll know how to do most things, most of the work for yourself, and save a lot of money. That’s when my dad said to me, ‘Learn everything you can,'” student Noah Retamar said.

The students say they are grateful for the experience, and giving back to the community makes working on this project very special.

“I like (that) people think, ‘Wow, high school kids did that.’ Like anyone could do that,” Rizner said.

“They’re getting something permanent. It’s not something they’re going to take away from our store. It’s something that’s going to be there for the long haul,” Malicky said.

Students should complete this project by the end of the week.

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James H. Wright