Students receive welding supplies to replace those lost in flood

AWS makes donation to DS welding classes – (Jan. 19) Denham Springs High School’s welding program received welding supplies from the American Welding Society’s Mobile, Ala., section and representatives of WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., during a campus visit on Jan. 19.  Pictured, from left to right, are: (front row) DSHS students Brandon Schallen, Dylan Pace, Jacob Verzosa, Danny Smith, Noah Wesley, Jarrett Lemings, Matthew Robertson, Mitchell Reeves, Cody Davidson, Trevor Ballard, (middle row) Boone Melancon, Brandon Davis, Ronald Nolan, Lester Escobar, Aaron Link, Shane Hebert, Brent Barrett, Donovan Landry, (back row) Wesco Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., Senior Buyer Brenda Amos, Livingston Parish Schools Asst. Superintendent Stephen Parrill, DSHS Welding Instructors Cheryl Page and Bubba Brumbaugh, Livingston Parish Schools Career and Tech Education Coordinator Staci Polozola, American Welding Society District 9 Director Mike Skiles, WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., Representative Ricky Byron, and Treasurer of American Welding Society’s Mobile, Ala., section Clay Byron.

AWS makes donation to DS welding classes – (Jan. 19) Denham Springs High School’s welding program received welding supplies from the American Welding Society’s Mobile, Ala., section and representatives of WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., during a campus visit on Jan. 19. Pictured, from left to right, are: (front row) DSHS students Brandon Schallen, Dylan Pace, Jacob Verzosa, Danny Smith, Noah Wesley, Jarrett Lemings, Matthew Robertson, Mitchell Reeves, Cody Davidson, Trevor Ballard, (middle row) Boone Melancon, Brandon Davis, Ronald Nolan, Lester Escobar, Aaron Link, Shane Hebert, Brent Barrett, Donovan Landry, (back row) Wesco Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., Senior Buyer Brenda Amos, Livingston Parish Schools Asst. Superintendent Stephen Parrill, DSHS Welding Instructors Cheryl Page and Bubba Brumbaugh, Livingston Parish Schools Career and Tech Education Coordinator Staci Polozola, American Welding Society District 9 Director Mike Skiles, WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc., Representative Ricky Byron, and Treasurer of American Welding Society’s Mobile, Ala., section Clay Byron.

Students receive welding supplies to replace those lost in flood

Donated supplies total more than $37,000
Denham Springs, LA – Students in the Denham Springs High School welding program are now equipped to get back to work, thanks to sizable donations to the school from the American Welding Society, WESCO Gas and Welding Supply, Inc., and Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc., which is the nation’s leading single-source supplier of gases, welding and safety products, gave the school nearly $30,000 worth of welding supplies. The items included helmets, gloves, coveralls, face shields, safety glasses, grip pliers, channel locks, wire brushes, an assortment of rods and a plasma cutting machine.
At the same time, the American Welding Society’s Mobile, Ala., section and WESCO Gas and Welding Supply, Inc., which has 11 store locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, donated another $7,000 worth of supplies.
American Welding Society District 9 Director Mike Skiles said he became aware of the need at Denham Springs from his grandson, who is a sophomore enrolled in the school’s welding program.
“He was excited about getting back into the school after the holidays, but then he came home disappointed that the school didn’t have the welding supplies it needed for the students to really do the projects they wanted to do,” Skiles said. “That’s when I made a few calls, and before I knew it, the needed materials were on their way to Denham Springs.”

Airgas Donation to DSHS Welding – (Jan. 20) The Denham Springs High School welding program received more than $30,000 worth of welding supplies from Airgas, Inc., the nation’s leading single-source supplier of gases, welding and safety products.  The donated items were presented to the faculty and students on Jan. 20.  Pictured, from left to right, are: (front row) DSHS students Brayden Halford, Donovan Landry, (middle row) Shane Hebert, Dylan Pace, Aaron Link, Danny Smith, Noah Wesley, Trevor Ballard, Cody Davidson, Mitchell Reeves, Brent Barrett, (third row, alone kneeling) Boone Melancon, (back row, standing) Brandon Schallen, Brandon Davis, Matthew Robertson, Ronald Nolan, Airgas Gulf Coast Region Welding Process Specialist Deland Chino, American Welding Society District 9 Director Mike Skiles, Airgas Area Vice President Bard Kahn, and DSHS Asst. Principal Shana W. Giddens.

Airgas Donation to DSHS Welding – (Jan. 20) The Denham Springs High School welding program received more than $30,000 worth of welding supplies from Airgas, Inc., the nation’s leading single-source supplier of gases, welding and safety products. The donated items were presented to the faculty and students on Jan. 20. Pictured, from left to right, are: (front row) DSHS students Brayden Halford, Donovan Landry, (middle row) Shane Hebert, Dylan Pace, Aaron Link, Danny Smith, Noah Wesley, Trevor Ballard, Cody Davidson, Mitchell Reeves, Brent Barrett, (third row, alone kneeling) Boone Melancon, (back row, standing) Brandon Schallen, Brandon Davis, Matthew Robertson, Ronald Nolan, Airgas Gulf Coast Region Welding Process Specialist Deland Chino, American Welding Society District 9 Director Mike Skiles, Airgas Area Vice President Bard Kahn, and DSHS Asst. Principal Shana W. Giddens.

Skiles, members of the American Welding Society, WESCO and Airgas visited with Denham Springs High School welding students and faculty members over a two-day period, Jan. 19-20, to present them with the items.
The American Welding Society is composed of 75,000 members throughout the United State and in other countries. The organization offers certification in welding, including specialized ratings for inspectors, supervisors and educators, and it is one of the nation’s leading supporters of welding education programs in America’s high schools.
“Learning how to weld and exploring the many career options in this industry is important for many of these students. We want to do what we can to make sure they have the tools necessary to learn the skill and to be prepared for advancing their career,” Skiles said.