Gone Boarding class gets national attention


ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –- A class at Forest Hills Eastern High School that’s part physical education and part industrial arts has caught the attention of one of the biggest names in snowboarding.

Gone Boarding started four years ago. Students learn how to make boards — surfboards, snowboards and skateboards.

And the class isn’t just about constructing the boards. Students get to go out and use them, and local businesses have helped out with things like wetsuits and lift tickets.

“We’re trying to get kids to discover and experience and by discovering and experiencing, the learning becomes more real to them,” said FHE physical education teacher Bill Curtis.

Recently, the teachers and some students were invited to Vermont where the world headquarters for Burton is located. There, they had a meeting with the company’s executives.

“There’s some really cool things in the works in terms of solid partnerships moving forward,” Curtis said.

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