18-plus students construct corn hole boards

Independent adults grind in the shop

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The sounds of saws buzzing, nails pushing through wood and drills putting the final touches on corn hole boards filled the air last Thursday morning at the 18-plus special education program behind Sealy Junior High School.

Advised by Richard High, the adult program stands as its own part of the district and takes students who have completed their courses at Sealy High School and teaches them life and job skills. Although this is only their second year up and running, there has already been plenty of metered success.

Bridging Independent Adults to the Community, or BIA2C, burst onto the scene last year with Tiger Java, a coffee stand that makes its rounds to each campus in Sealy ISD with caffeinated beverages for teachers and now snacks for students.

The adult students spend the rest of their mornings in a classroom setting before heading out in the afternoons to help local businesses like Bill’s Supermarket, Valero and Huddle House as well as Sealy High School’s cafeteria where they learn working skills.

Last week served as another opportunity to build on those skills with a gracious donation from AL&M Building Supply providing all the materials to construct four sets of corn hole boards under the supervision of Tim Hrachovy and school board member Joe Mike Young.

Young noted the idea first came to mind through his children’s participation in Boy Scouts where they completed a similar activity and when High came to present an update on the BIA2C at the April 24 meeting of the board of trustees earlier this year, it clicked that he can bring these two things together.

“Joe Mike called me in the summer and asked if we would be interested and we said yeah that would be such a cool thing for them to learn,” High said. “We had a donation from AL&M with the wood and Joe Mike said he’d come out and show us how to do it so we’re real thankful for him to come out and do this.”

There were a handful of steps in order to put pieces of wood together and after it was said and done, one part stuck out in the mind of Forrest, one of three students working in the heat of Thursday morning.

“Putting in the nails, using the nail gun,” he said with a smile. “I like it, I’m having some fun.”

The final step will be a varnish and coat of paint which High added will likely come from the students’ inspiration.

“We like to get ideas from them, we’ll pull them up on a computer and see what they like and we do the same thing with the pallets we sold as yard signs,” he said. “They pick out a design, we trace it over with carbon paper then we start painting.”

Forrest’s passion for racecars may just make its way onto one of the board sets that will be on sale for $250 if not part of raffles, High added.

If there is enough interest from the sets, the students could turn it into a more regular activity akin to the yard signs they’ve already made, using the money to continue building the program that High mentioned has already been gaining more attention the more work they do for their community.

For more information on the boards, email Richard High at rhigh@sealyisd.com.

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