The icon of Paris is slowly rising in the welding classroom.
That is where Nick Picucci of South Glens Falls is reconstructing the Eiffel Tower with the help of Jacob Reddis of Schuylerville. The tower is a perfectly scaled model that will be the centerpiece for the annual Animal Protective Foundation’s gala.
The event, set for May 9 at the Glen Sanders Mansion, is themed "Tails by Twilight - An Evening in Paris." And what better way is there to represent the City of Lights, but with the Eiffel Tower.
That's where Clay Corey's welding class comes in.
"One of the volunteers from APF, Ruth Ann Abrahamson, came in and asked if we could build the Eiffel Tower," said Mr. Corey. "I said of course, we'd love to."
This was a thrill for APF as they were not sure they could find anyone willing to build the structure. Marguerite Pearson, director of communications at the Glenville shelter, said the organization was very excited about the students' willingness to try their hand at the tower.
"We are thrilled they are helping us. This will be the centerpiece of the room on that night," said Ms. Pearson.
The construction of the tower, built with steel round stock and cold rolled steel, will help to erect another building, a new community spay/neuter clinic that will go in next to the APF's existing structure. So far, the nonprofit has raised over $500,000 toward the surgical center. They are hoping that "An Evening in Paris" will bring in another $100,000.
While the tower will ultimately help animals, it's also helping the students perfect their welding and math skills. The students are getting good use of an oxy-fuel cutting torch and practicing gas metal arc welding in its construction. Math teacher Denise Rabideau guided the boys in figuring out the correct proportions for the tower.
To see the tower, simply purchase tickets to the gala. They are $95 per person; or $175 per person, which includes a private cocktail reception with animal advocate and philanthropist Michele Riggi.
More information is available by calling the APF at 374-3944, ext. 113.
To watch a video of the process, click here.