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Community News | June 9, 2023

Given the chance to work with tools, middle school students work construction

The Rosendin Foundation hosted a free construction camp in Gallatin, giving students the chance to work with tools.

WTVF Newschannel 5
Century Plaza Los Angeles

By: Jessica Genader

Posted at 8:26 PM, Jun 09, 2023 and last updated 10:19 AM, Jun 10, 2023

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — This week was focused on all things construction for some middle school students in Gallatin.

The Rosendin Foundation hosted a free construction camp, giving students the chance to work with tools. The campers all got their own hard hats, safety goggles, gloves and high-visibility T-shirts.

They spent the past five days making wooden forms, steppingstones, and lamps. Organizers said they can see a big difference in how the kids present themselves after the week is over.

“It’s really exciting to see this transformation. It’s like a little butterfly effect,” said Jolsna Thomas, President of Rosendin Foundation. “They were cocooned on day one. Day five — they’re now full-blown and beautiful. And confident. Their posture has improved. Their all sense of self has improved.”

The camp is making its way across the U.S., with its next experiences scheduled in Arizona and Texas.

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Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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