DOWNEY - The koi pond currently under construction at Warren High School should be completed this fall, Downey Federal Credit Union announced this week.The credit union, which agreed to pay $1,800 for the pond's restoration after it was destroyed during campus renovations in 2009, said the new pond will measure 9 ft. by 15 ft. It will feature a waterfall and house several koi fish. The pond is being built with assistance from Warren High School's Construction Technology class, a program offered by the Los Angeles County regional Occupational Program (ROP). About 30 students worked on the pond this year, which will be located near the teacher's lounge. "We are an established financial institution in Downey and take pride in providing support to our community members," said Barbara Lamberth, president and CEO of the credit union. "In addition to providing financial education for the community, we want to assist students in their education and future careers." In addition to learning how to develop blueprints, the students learned masonry and plumbing. The class has been led the last two years by instructor Kent Kiess. An advanced Construction Technology class will be added to the curriculum next year.
********** Published: June 24, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 10