Kan -- Christmas is rapidly approaching and Santa's elves are busy this time of
the year, but they will get some help from members of the community and Fort
Hays State University students and faculty. The university's Department of
Technology Studies once again will assist with the "Teaming up for
Tots" program by making wooden toys.
department's 23rd annual toy day begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The program
is designed to spread holiday cheer to local children who may not otherwise
receive Christmas presents. "Teaming Up for Tots" brings together
community volunteers to assemble approximately 200 wooden toys for children
ages 2 to 6.
woodshop in Davis Hall, room 150, is set up as an assembly line with jobs
varying from drilling, routing and sanding to assembling and finishing. As a
result of the job diversity, volunteers of all ages are encouraged to join the
festivities; however, an adult supervisor is asked to accompany and supervise
Duane Renfrow, associate professor of technology studies, is leading the effort
this year. As a component of his production systems class, Renfrow uses the
bright young minds in his class to help design, set up the assembly line and
assemble the toys. This provides his students with an opportunity to apply the
theories they learn in the course. Each student applies for a job in the toy-making
process. Some students draw the designs, some set up jigs and fixtures, some
run machines and others are quality-control monitors.
Fred Ruda had always headed up the project," said Renfrow. "With his
untimely death, we are dedicating this activity to him for his dedication to
the parameters of the toy are decided upon by Renfrow, class members bring toy
designs to class where the ideas are brainstormed. Several designs are chosen,
and prototypes are made.
activity that culminates in the assembly of the toys begins many weeks before
with the selection process, building jigs and fixtures, and preprocessing
materials. This year’s featured toy is a dump truck.
addition to demonstrating support for local children, this activity unites the
community as businesses and individuals make donations and volunteer time to
make a difference in the lives of others.
invite the public who wish to donate time to come help assemble the toys,"
said Renfrow. "All ages are welcome, but children 12 and under must be
accompanied by an adult."
include sanding, running parts from station to station, putting on wheels,
attaching parts, finishing and, for those who have experience, running some
more information or to volunteer, contact the Department of Technology Studies