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2012 Do Good With Wood® Award Winner

First Prize Award:
Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Volunteer Program, Minneapolis, MN

Second Prize Award:
The Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia, Canton, GA

Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, has selected the Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Volunteer Program, as the First Prize winner of the 2012 Do Good With Wood Award program. The award is being presented to honor program volunteers' contributions to their community by using their woodworking skills to design and fabricate equipment for special needs students. Since 1985, program volunteers have logged more than 30,000 hours and saved the school district more than a half-million dollars, by building, largely out of wood, equipment that would cost much more if purchased commercially. And the volunteers' goodwill doesn’t stay in Minneapolis, as they share their proven designs with other organizations across their state, throughout the country, and even internationally. This equipment ranges from "standers" that allow students to improve leg strength and trunk control, to an adapted bowling ramp that allows a wheelchair-bound student to participate in a Special Olympics bowling league.

The Minwax® Do Good With Wood Award, formerly known as the Community Craftsman Award, is a national program that recognizes individuals and groups that promote community improvement through working with wood and awards them financial grants and products to encourage continued community service. As the 2012 Do Good With Wood Award First Prize winner, the Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Volunteer Program receives a $5,000 cash grant, a supply of Minwax® products, and a private wood finishing workshop with renowned do-it-yourself expert and author Bruce Johnson.

"We are proud to recognize the members of the Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Volunteer Program for their true craftsmanship and their selfless community service in support of the Special Education Services students of Minneapolis Public Schools," notes Janet Krakow, Vice President, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Wood Care Products. "Their long volunteer hours, creative solutions, and well-made equipment reflect the true spirit of the Minwax® Do Good With Wood Award. It also serves as inspiration to others and underscores how working with wood – a gratifying activity in itself – is all the more fulfilling when done for the good of others."

Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Janet Krakow, VP, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Wood Care Products, second from left, and Bruce Johnson, wood finishing expert and Minwax® spokesperson, third from left, present a $5,000 check to staff and volunteers of the Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center.

Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center Bruce Johnson, wood finishing expert and Minwax® spokesperson, leads a hands-on workshop on wood staining and wood finishing products and techniques, with staff and volunteers of the Minneapolis Public Schools Assistive Technology Center.

Second Prize Award
The 2012 Do Good With Wood Second Prize Award – including a $2,000 cash grant and a supply of Minwax® products – was awarded to The Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia, based in Canton, GA. The guild members are being recognized for their work on behalf of the Life Legacy Box Project for patients in hospice care. Started by doctors, nurses, and caregivers, the Life Legacy Box Project provides handcrafted wooden boxes for hospice patients to house special papers and mementos that they want to leave to their loved ones. Woodworkers, health professionals, and other volunteers work with the hospice patients and their families and friends to create and distribute the boxes as a means for honoring, preserving, and passing down one's life legacy.