Cheerleaders raise a hammer, learn a trade

Posted September 25, 2008 12:17 p.m. EDT

— Cheerleaders from Southern Durham High School are learning Thursday how to use power tools safely. It is part of a program to encourage more girls to consider jobs in the construction trades.

Southern High School WOmen at Work offers girls three safety sessions followed by the opportunity to participate in a Habitat for Humanity building project.

Lisa Pineiro, owner of Technical Services Inc., created the program to share her love of the construction trade with high schoolers. She recruited 15 members of the Southern cheerleading squad to be her first students.

The girls will attend half-hour safety workshops Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2, then will build a swing set for a Habitat house on Oct. 18.