VOLUME 7 - ISSUE 15- Week of January 10th
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In our first year entered as DRIVE One, student-built projects from our Machining, Woodworking, and Transportation Design program competed in the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S) Regional and State Finals.
All four clay models, including the StarLiters from the North American International Auto Show, and the ’65 Shelby from the Piston-Power Autorama, finished either 1st or 2nd in class, while the Meat Cleavers and Vises from the Machine Shop placed among the Top-10 in the State.
But our success at MITES didn’t end with the Models and Meat Cleavers. In our first venture into the world of wood furniture, one of our seniors completed a “Prohibition-Era” Poker Table.
The poker table captured a 1st place ribbon at the Regional Finals, and placed at States in a class featuring over 150 pieces of wood furniture, all done by high school students from throughout the State.
Congrats to all the students with winning MITES projects, and on becoming 2018 State Champions.
On December 7th, families of DRIVE One students, volunteers, and community partners, showed their support for our program by attending the 6th Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Sterling Lanes.
The biggest fundraising event of the calendar year, which was moved for the first time to early December, began in 2013 as a way to raise funds so students could attend the Grand National Roadster Show in California.
In the years that followed, the event also raised funds for the purchase of new machining equipment, shop consumables such as fasteners and clay, the transportation of vehicles to the Cleveland Autorama, and even the down-payment on the DOTC. It has also become an annual staple, providing DRIVE students and their families a chance to get-together outside of class while still giving-back.
This year's event raised over $3,600 for the program between ticket sales, the 50/50 raffle, and Raffle Prizes from Snap-On, Mothers, Axalta, and others.
We'd like to thank all the families and partners who took time out of their busy lives to spend a Friday Evening at the Bowling Alley, and help DRIVE One fulfill our mission of providing "Professional, STEAM-driven education through collaboration with Industry".
On Sunday, July 29th, the 2nd Annual DRIVEarama was held at the DRIVE One TechCenter, benefitting the program and students.
The event included a car show, school open house, bake sale, and a 50/50 raffle.
Over 40 Cars participated in the show, along with over 100 spectators ranging from new students to interested locals.
This year's show was also the first to feature awards, including "Outstanding Vehicle", "Outstanding Motorized", "Student Choice" and "Rockin' Rims-Presented By Rick's Tire and Wheel".
Each vehicle recieved a goody bag from our sponsors at Summit Racing Equipment, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Mother's Car Care Products, and others, as well as lunch cards, and a vehicle ID-card so students and spectators could vote for who they fought were the best overall vehicles.
The inaugural award winners include Davey Lindberg's '91 RamCharger ("Rockin' Rims"), Rob Fuller's '93 Dodge ("Student Choice"), Brett Vanser's 2018 Van-Dal Custom Bike ("Motorized"), and Jim Murray's '67 Chevy Camaro ("Vehicle").
But more importantly, DRIVEarama generated over $1,000 for the upcoming 2018-19 School Year, which will go towards the purchase of tools and equipment for student use.
We thank all the folks who helped put this year's DRIVEarama together, and look forward to its continued success come Summer 2019.