When Gary Kathman saw a post about Holmes High School students getting jobs in the construction field, he said to himself, “they need proper boots for those jobs and I know they are expensive.”
So, Kathman, one of the owners of Red Wing Shoes in West Chester, invited the young men to his store and donated the steel toe boots required for the jobs. Kathman measured the students’ feet to make sure the boots fit properly. Each student left the store with a new pair of boots and a big smile.
“I just felt in my heart that those boys needed to start the job on the right foot,’’ said Kathman, who even threw in pairs of socks for the students. “They need good equipment if they are going to go into that workforce. I just always have loved giving back to the community. It is a way to get them started.’’
Students Daylan Griffin and Pablo Mondragon are working with Messer while students Nicholas Kampsen and Jacob Monhollen are employed by HGC Construction.
Eric Breetz, a carpentry instructor at Holmes, is developing partnerships with companies such as Messer and HGC to help prepare students to enter the labor force.
The students are so appreciative. The entire Covington Schools family also sends out a great big “THANK YOU” to Mr. Kathman for his kind gesture. It means so much.