ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Starting this year, middle school students in the Roseburg School District have the option to add woodshop to their school day.
Tracy Grauer, who teaches all the woodshop classes in the district, says she teaches her first three periods at Joseph Lane Middle School then commutes to Fremont Middle School for the last three.
“I’ve taught math over at Fremont Middle School for 16 years,” said Grauer. "I always felt like you have to push the kids to do things. I love the fact that the kids want to do this.”
Grauer says the last time the Roseburg School District offered woodshop was during the 2003-2004 school year. She says the program was revived this year because of Oregon Ballot Measure 98, which passed in 2016.
The measure requires funding for career and college readiness programs. Grauer says a lot of the funding went to Roseburg High School, but she says some of the money also went to the middle schools.
She says the goal of the program is to prepare students for the high school industrial program when they reach that level.