POINT PLEASANT — Children of Point Pleasant have the ability to send a letter to Santa this year via an actual mailbox.
Students involved in the simulated construction and graphic design work programs at the Mason County Career Center joined together to make this special mailbox, so local children could mail their letters to Santa this holiday season.
Jeff Wamsley is a graphic design instructor at the career center and is involved with the organization Main Street Point Pleasant. Wamsley thought creating and setting up a mailbox on Main Street would be a nice holiday project for his students this semester.
Wamsley wanted the mailbox to be easily accessible for the children, so he placed it outside of The Mason Jar on Main Street. The mailbox is protected under an awning for when the weather is unfavorable.
Wamsley asked fellow construction instructor, Lawrence Gray, if he could have students build the actual mailbox for the project. Gray appointed two students Nathaniel Deweese and Brody Jeffers, to build the mailbox and paint it red. Gray said he chose students that had good attendance and adequate skills to complete their side of the project. The building and painting of the mailbox took around six weeks to complete.
After the building and painting of the mailbox, Wamsley’s graphic design class finished the product. Students Caitlin Lambert, Kameron Weaver, Ian Tarbett, Alex Foster, Cole Peterson, and Andrew Jones collaborated together to draw up the graphics for the project, make the layouts for three decals saying, “Believe,” “Santa’s Mail,” and “Main Street Point Pleasant,” print the decals out and then apply them to the mailbox. The students completed the project in a day and a half. Wamsley’s students shared they had fun with this project and liked how it was a good cause benefiting the children of their community.
Wamsley said he hopes this tradition continues for local children who can utilize the mailbox for following holiday seasons.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.