Hundreds of athletes will plow and push through muck and mud on the campus of the F. Donald Myers Education Center this month – thanks to the students from the Heavy Equipment Program.
Ken Brooks and Greg Hammond’s students designed and built the 5K obstacle course for the 2nd annual Tuff eNuff Challenge: Overcoming the Obstacles.
Set for May 18, the students submitted designs for the course. Their teachers selected the best and set their students out on bulldozers and backhoes to build them on the heavy equipment field, alongside the Henning Road school.
The Tuff eNuff Challenge, a fundraiser for the Prevention Council, is meant to be a fun event for both families and serious athletes. Participants will crawl under drainage pipes, scale mountains of dirt and wade through pits of water.
The event is meant to mirror the Prevention Council’s mission to help families navigate the challenges of adolescence.
But for the students who designed and built the course, the project is a learning experience, closely aligned with the curriculum. It’s also a lot of fun for the students, some of whom plan on attending the event just to see if the participants can manage the ditches and mountains they constructed.
“The kids enjoy it,” said Hammond. “It’s a good community service and they learn a lot. They design the job, get hired for it and then have to build it. It’s student-developed and produced. It’s an excellent end-of-year project.”
Those interested in participating in the Tuff eNuff Challenge can register at www.preventioncouncil.org.