Corinth seventh grade technology students have been working on designs for a Ben Osborn Book Station for the Corinth community. Ben’s Book Stations have been popping up all over the region as a way to remember Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of Queensbury while “Giving Kids a Little Lift.” Ben was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom.
The concept of Ben’s Book Stations is for children of all ages to borrow, keep, and donate books near where they live and learn. Ben’s father, William Osborn, works with local schools to explain the project, inspire the children to design a book station that fits their community, and build the station in a collaborative way.
The Corinth students worked in teams to select a highly visible and accessible location in town, identify a target audience, detail what materials will be needed, and sketch a design. The students presented their ideas to classmates, who then asked questions such as “How will you get the books in?” “Is it weatherproof?” “How will it be secured to the ground?”
After Corinth students select the designs they like and think will work, Technology/Project Based Learning Teacher Darcy Dunbar will forward all the designs to Mr. Osborn. “We are hoping to have the students build 1-2 of these book stations for Corinth,” she said.
The BEN OSBORN MEMORIAL FUND, a regional non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, supports children with need in conjunction with 32 schools in Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties by providing purchased goods and services including electronics, clothing, bedding, food, tutoring, school supplies, eyeglasses, transportation costs, field trip admission expenses, etc. In addition to our school-year gifts, the Fund awards 20 scholarships to qualifying graduating seniors from ten local school districts. The Fund provides household and personal care items to 11 local food pantries. Ben’s Fund has so far helped well over 3,000 children. The Osborn family’s mission and hope is that the values being learned such as: a charitable heart, work ethic, sportsmanship, leadership, discipline, and pride will be encouraged and passed on through Ben's legacy.