A new club at Gillespie High School is putting its skills to good use this semester.
The Construction Trades SkillBuilders Club has been working on building a “Thin Blue Line Flag” for every law enforcement agency in Macoupin County. The club was able to finance building 20 flags after selling a bookshelf the club built and using the profit to purchase material for the flags.
“As a group of young adults, we wanted to recognize the work the men and women in blue do for our community and our surrounding communities,” construction trades instructor Mark Goldasich said about the project. “We would like to thank RP Lumber in Staunton for helping us build more flags than we could afford.”
State Representative Avery Bourne and Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl were asked to participate in the club’s dynamic production exercise and together, they assembled the flags and ate lunch while discussing current event topics.
“We had a good time working toward a great cause,” Goldasich added.
Sheriff Kahl will give a flag to each law enforcement agency throughout Macoupin County this week as Christmas presents.
The SkillBuilders would like to thank local law enforcement for all they do and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Goldasich continued. “We will continue to pray for their safety while they keep us safe this holiday season.”
The SkillBuilders Club is new at Gillespie after it was officially approved by the school board in the end of October after the school board delayed the approval by one month for more deliberation. The club is taught by construction trades instructor Mark Goldasich and is aimed at vocational students who intend to enter the labor force immediately after high school in lieu of attending college or trade school.
The group meets after school hours allowing Goldasich to provide additional instruction as a pathway for students to enter a union apprenticeship. He teaches from a series of union-endorsed textbooks that require students to complete various construction projects. Successful completion of the curriculum will enable students to enter into an apprenticeship upon graduation.
Goldasich told the school board in October that the club will provide community involvement and the “Thin Blue Line Flag” project is the first project that benefited the community. The club can also be recruited for other various community projects that are congruent with the curriculum.
The meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag:
The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of their fallen brother and sister officers. The Blue Line is what police officers protect, the barrier between anarchy and a civilized society, between order and chaos, between respect for decency and lawlessness. Together they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, a brotherhood like none other.