PARTY HAPPENING TONIGHT AT THERE IS A HUGE PARTY HAPPENING TONIGHT, AND THE WHOLE FAMILY I INVITED TO COME OUT FOR A WHOLE NIGHT OF ART, SKATING, AND SO MUCH MORE. HERE’S A TELL US MORE ARE OUR GUESTS — HERE TO TELL US MORE OUR OUR GUESTS — ARE OUR GUESTS. WE HAVE A BIG BASH HAPPENING, AND IT IS AN OUTDOOR CELEBRATION OF FUN. WHAT IS HAPPENING TONIGHT? WE HAVE ALL OF THE STUDENT’S BOARDS ON DISPLAY. STUDENTS FROM A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT MICHIGAN AND INDIANA ARE COMING TO SHOW OFF THE SURFBOARDS COME ALONG BOARDS, SNOWBOARDS, PADDLE BOARDS THAT THEY HAVE CREATED IN THE CLASS THIS YEAR. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF EVENTS FOR THE FAMILY, SO WE WILL HAVE A SKATE PARK, A KIDS LEARN TO RIDE AREA. ZIPLINE’S WILL BE RUNNING AND THERE WILL BE LOTS OF INTERACTIVE ART EXHIBITS. WE HAVE CARNIVAL GAMES , YOU NAME IT. DOESN’T MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE, IT WILL BE A FUN EVENT. THIS IS THE THIRD ANNUAL SUMMER BASH, AND IT IS A CELEBRATION OF WHAT YOU DO IN THE CLASSROOM, AND FOCUSED ON A LOT OF THINGS — TEACHING STUDENTS TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCT BOARDS, R IDING BOARDS, AND INVOLVING ENGINEERING, DESIGN, MATH, AND YOU HAVE A PROGRAM THAT IS THE BACKBONE OF THIS. IT IS SUPPORTED BY VANS. WE HAVE THE GODFATHER OF VANS HERE. YOU HAVE SUPPORTED THIS EVENT FOR MANY YEARS. WHY DO YOU BACK THIS AND DID THIS ACTUALLY BRING YOU TO WAS MICHIGAN FOR THE FIRST TIME? WHEN MY FATHER STARTED VANS, THE SKATERS AND SURFERS ADOPTED US IN THE 1970’S. SINCE THEN, BUILDING SKATE PARKS AND FINDING OUT THAT THROUGH SHOPS, KIDS GETTING INVOLVED AND BUILDING THEIR OWN SURFBOARDS AND SKATEBOARDS — WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I BUILT A CANOE, AND I REMEMBER THAT TODAY. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT ENGAGED ME AT SCHOOL. I THINK IT IS A GREAT WAY TO HAVE THEM GO OUT, BUILD ALL THE THINGS THAT THEY LOVE. THEY WILL HAVE THAT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. IT IS EXCITING AND WE SUPPORT IT 100%. AND THIS ALL STARTED HERE IN WEST MICHIGAN, AND YOU HAVE EXPANDED LIKE CRAZY. OLIVIA AND JACOB ARE OVER THERE. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE? I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A HARD LAST TO GET INTO, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH LEARNING THAT TAKES PLACE. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF NOT ONLY BEING ABLE TO RIDE THESE, BUT BUILD THESE BOARDS IS SPECIAL FOR ME BECAUSE I WORKED AT A SURF SHOP FOR FOUR YEARS UP AND MICHIGAN, AND BEING ABLE TO CREATE WHAT I HAVE BEEN SELLING HAS BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. DID YOU MAKE THIS ONE? I MADE THIS ONE MYSELF, THANK YOU. IT IS A REALLY HARD CLASS TO GET INTO, BUT IT IS SO MUCH FUN. IS THIS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES? YOU SAID YES, YES. OLIVIA, YOU MADE THIS. LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE IN CREATING SOMETHING LIKE THIS? A LOT OF STUDENTS WOULD HAVE NEVER DREAMED THEY COULD DO THIS. BEFORE THIS CLASS, I HAD NEVER REALLY LONG BOARDED AT ALL, BUT BECAUSE I DID NOT HAVE ONE I COULD NOT. MAKING THE BOARD REALLY HELPED ME ANTS TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO IT, AND NOW I CAN RIDE IT AS WELL. AND YOU WERE ABLE TO MEET STEVE THIS PAST YEAR, BECAUSE PART OF THIS CLASS INVOLVES TAKI A TRIP OUT TO CALIFORNIA, WHERE YOU ARE BASED, AND LEARNING THAT SIDE OF THINGS. IT WAS AWESOME TO SEE ALL THE STUDENTS COME OUT AND VISIT US. I THINK IT IS COOL THAT THEY CAME UP. WE GOT TO MEET A LOT OF YOUNG STUDENTS, AND IT WAS A GREAT DAY. YOU HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF T AND SAW THE NEED FOR STUDENTS TO GET ENGAGED IN SOMETHING, SOME IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE ALL NEED TO LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT IN A FUN MANNER. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN? I THINK THE CREDIT GOES TO THE STUDENTS. I THINK WE HAD AN INITIAL VISION , AND THE INITIAL VISION WAS BROUGHT TO LIFE BY THE KIDS. LIKE I TOLD YOU BEFORE, IT WAS REALLY SOME OF THEIR IDEAS THAT WE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, AND I DO NOT THINK WE DO THAT ENOUGH. I DO NOT THINK WE LISTEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE ENOUGH. THEY KNOW HOW THEY CAN BE ENGAGED IN SCHOOL, AND IF WE CAN LEAVE THE STANDARDS AND CURRICULUMS AND THE THINGS THEY WANT TO DO, I THINK THE LEARNING WILL BE REAL. WE HAVE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS. THEY SAW THERE WAS A NEED FOR CLASSES LIKE THIS AND TURNED US LOSE AND SAID, GO AND CREATE THIS — A SLUICE — US LOOSE AND SAID, GO AND CREATE THIS. WITHOUT PARTNERS LIKE VANCE, WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY. AND STEVE, YOUR SUPPORT IS ALLOWING THIS PROGRAM CONTINUE TO GROW, GOING INTO NEW CITIES AND REALLY DOING THAT. WE STARTED OFF WITH PAINTING OUR SHOES, AND HAD 3000 HIGH SCHOOLS INVOLVED. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN THIS GROWS NOT JUST IN MICHIGAN, BUT AROUND THE WHOLE COUNTRY. OK, SO BIG CELEBRATION HAPPENING, CELEBRATING, VANCE PARTICIPATION — VANS PARTICIPATION AND KICKING IT OFF FOR THE SUMMER. IS THIS FREE TO ATTEND? REALLY FREE, AND IT IS GOOD FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. THERE WILL BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY OUT THERE. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE COME OUT AS POSSIBLE. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN, AND THE WEATHER LOOKS GOOD. AND IT IS DRY FOR LATER TODAY. WE ARE KEEPING OUR FINGERS CROSSED, BUT CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW YOU ARE GRADUATED, BUT I AM SURE THIS WILL BE A MEMORY THAT STICKS WITH YOU. THANK YOU. AND YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE? WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOU. FIRST OF ALL, YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY PART OF OUR FAMILY. WE KNEW YOUR COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE IT’S TODAY. I LOVE IT, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND HERE IS THE CUSTOM LASER SKATE DECK. THAT IS YOURS AS WELL. WE WILL GET SOME WHEELED AND TRUCKS ON IT FOR YOU SO YOU CAN CRUISE AROUND THE OFFICE. WE WILL RIDE THIS WITH PRIDE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.

A night of art, skating and more at Cannonsburg
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