Community Involvement

Admiral Peary Carpentry and Masonry classes are working with Commissioner Tom Chernisky on a beautification project at Duman Dam.  This project so far has included a new pavilion, brick pillars at the park entrance, repoured cement footers and rebuilt wooden decking at the train depot.  We have also built a picnic table for the park.  Click here to view Duman Dam photo Gallery.


Admiral Peary Carpentry class is working with the Southern Alleghenies Musuem of Art to create modular art display boxes.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is a community art museum founded in 1976. SAMA successfully operates the nation’s longest-running museum satellite system with four museum facilities in the central and southwestern Pennsylvania cities of Altoona, Johnstown, Ligonier and Loretto. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works by local, regional, national and international artists. SAMA’s four museums offer award-winning education programs, special events, and approximately two dozen exhibitions annually.


The Admiral Peary Masonry class has recently completed the fourth and last marker for the Kittanning Trail that runs through Cambria County. The last marker was placed at the crossroads of Ridge Road and Carpinello Road, outside of Hastings Pa. across from Matt’s Auto Body. The first marker is located near Eckenrode Mill Bridge on Chest Creek, the second is located adjacent to Hart’s Sleeping Place between Hastings and Baker’s Crossroads, the third is located at the intersection of route 219 and Emeigh Road.

The Kittanning Trail was used during the early 1700’s by explorers and fur traders to trade with the Native American Indians throughout the region.

The markers are constructed of block and stone with large murals that depict scenes of life along the trail during its use.  The mural for the first marker was made by students from Cambria Heights High School.  The mural for the second marker was made by students from Northern Cambria High School.  The mural for the Third marker was made by students from Penns Manor High School.  The mural for the fourth marker was made by students from Harmony High School.  All the markers were constructed by masonry students from Admiral Peary AVTS.

The project was spearheaded by Deacon Ann Staples and was funded by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation.

Click here to see pictures of trail marker 1, Click here to view trail marker 2, Click here to view trail marker 3, Click here to view trail marker 4


Admiral Peary Masonry Class has recently rebuilt a marker that dedicated McMullen Field home of the Blacklick Valley football and baseball teams. The marker was built many years ago and was showing its age. The masonry students removed the bronze plaques tore down the old brick marker and replaced it with a new brick one. The plaques were refurbished and the students remounted them on the new McMullen Field marker.


Please see all our Photo Galleries to see some of the projects that we have done.

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