Berkmar construction class gives students a head start

Berkmar High School students dressed in hard hats and long-sleeve shirts gripped an 8-foot-long wooden frame, lifted it and placed it on two horizontal 4-by-4 posts.

The students, all boys, took a minute to admire their work, which took the better part of their class time before construction teacher Patrick Mahaffey gave them a moment to escape the 100-degree heat index and down bottles of water.