Classroom News

Classroom News

Welcome to Basic Car Care & Landscaping!

In this class, students will be working outdoors - a lot!  This means your student will get dirty.  Grass stains and mud are common.  Please do not send your student to school in clothing that neither you nor they want to get stained.  A change of clothes that they can keep in their locker is generally a very good idea - including shoes, just in case.  

Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for working outdoors, including sunscreen, long pants, tennis shoes in warmer weather and winter boots for colder weather.  Hats may be worn while working outdoors and winter hats, coats, gloves and scarves will be required in the winter months.

It is highly recommended that students bring in a refillable water bottle that they can keep in the classroom or in their locker.  They will be using this bottle throughout the year to stay hydrated.  Please write your student's name on his/her water bottle.

Basic Car Care

In this portion of the class, students will learn how to clean and detail the interior of a vehicle, including cleaning the dashboard, doors and handles, cup holders, center counsel, floor mats and vacuuming.  Windows may be quite challenging, but we will attempt to cover these as well.

Students will also learn how to read and use a tire pressure gauge as well as use an air compressor to adjust tire pressure as needed.  They will also learn how to measure tread depth using a Lincoln head penny.

Students will also learn how to identify and check vehicle fluids, including engine oil, transmission fluid (where applicable), brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and windshield washer fluid.

Basic Landscaping

In this portion of the class, students will learn about tool safety, and this will be stressed throughout the year.  Students will be expected to follow all safety rules.

Students will be working around the school gardens to learn how to identify weeds and remove them, including their root system.  Students will be learning how to rake leaves, as well.

Other tools students will be learning include but are not limited to:

Lawn mower
Leaf blower
Weed whip
Pruning shears
Hedge clippers
Push brooms
Snow shovels
Salt spreader

After learning how to perform various tasks, students may be practicing their skills in the community, by distributing fliers and raking leaves and pulling weeds for community members.  Look for information to come home with your student when we are ready to begin this endeavor.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached at (734) 744-2810 or at


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