Originally created 01/18/06

Children enjoy pounding away during building day



Will Adams is a handyman in the making.

With a small hammer, the 4-year-old tapped away on his tic-tac-toe game at Lowe's in North Augusta on Saturday.

"He's been waiting to do it again," said his mother, Christa Adams, of Will's participation in the building program for children. "He enjoys it."

Dressed in a pint-size Lowe's apron, Will concentrated as his father, Andy, held the nails in place for him.

He received an apron at the Kids' Clinic at Lowe's in December, but "he's worn the other one out," Mrs. Adams said.

On the second Saturday of each month, Lowe's offers a craft project workshop for children.

"It gets kids empowered," said Shaun Cofer, a customer service associate. "It gets them familiar working with tools."

Mrs. Adams said learning to hammer nails was the part of the clinic Will liked best.

Although it's geared for children in second through fifth grades, children outside those age ranges are allowed to participate.

Billie Lasley's three children, Sydney, 7, Noah 6, and Kennedi , 2 are veterans of the clinics.

"We don't miss one," she said. "I think it's educational for the kids, and they love to do it."

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

The next Lowe's Kids' Clinic will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The children will make toolboxes. Both the Lowe's on Knox Avenue in North Augusta and the Whiskey Road store in Aiken will offer the clinic.