• Mayland Community College teamed up with Camp Funshine to build this handicapped accessible train. The train has six multi-colored carts made of steel donated from local businesses and industries. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
    Mayland Community College teamed up with Camp Funshine to build this handicapped accessible train. The train has six multi-colored carts made of steel donated from local businesses and industries. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Mayland welding students build train for Camp Funshine

Camp Funshine received a new activity for its campers this year, a specially designed handicapped accessible train that all campers can ride. 

Mayland Community College teamed up with Camp Funshine to build a handicapped accessible train. 

The train has six multi-colored carts made of steel donated from local businesses and industries.

This year marked Camp Funshine’s 20th anniversary. The Camp provides differently abled individuals activities they may not otherwise be able to experience, such as swimming, rafting, carnival games, dancing and, beginning this year, train rides. 

Campers took rides on the train with the help of many volunteers, including the organizer of this project, Mayland Welding Instructor Justin Deitz.

Deitz was excited to see his students’ yearlong project used at the camp. 

“I knew by building this train, it would be fun for the kids who were participating at the Camp and it was a good way to help the community,” Deitz said. “Not only are our students getting to work on a project for their class, but they are also getting to be a part of something that is going to help other people, brighten up their day, and that is something that they can have fun with.” 

Between 20-30 Mayland students participated in creating this train between fall semester of 2018 and spring semester of 2019, Deitz said.

Visit www.mayland.edu for more information about the college’s welding program.

The MItchell News

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