Contact: Kris Henderson
  Lansing, MI - December 2013

Four Lansing-area teens who built wooden benches as part of a new construction trades program were all smiles Tuesday as they presented their work to a nonprofit group that helps victims recover from traumatic brain injuries.

The donated benches will be installed along a paved walking path at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center on Sandhill Road in Alaiedon Township.

“It fits with our mission perfectly,” Tammy Hannah, co-executive director at Origami, said during a brief ceremony. “It’s really thoughtful, and we will forever remember it.”

The students, ages 14 to 18, were the first to enroll in the Greater Michigan Construction Academy Jump Start program, an arm of 
the Associated Builders & Contractors trade group. Over 10 weeks, they visited with local companies and received hands-on training 
in various construction disciplines.

Kris Henderson, education services for the academy, knew of Origami because it had once helped her father and offered the benches to the staff there.

“I knew first-hand how great this place is,” she said.

Troy Sinnaeve, 14, of Leslie, said he signed up for the program because he loves working with his hands and hopes to be a military engineer someday.

“It was fun hanging with all the other guys and building things,” said Sinnaeve, a student at Capitol City Baptist School.

The other three students - Jrakkar Woods, Dominique Woods and B.J. Carter - are juniors at Everett High School.

Written by Ken Palmer
Dec. 03