Dec. 23, 2021-- Project SPEAR-IT, the CTE-based pre-apprenticeship program at High School South, is finding new ways to enrich the lives of others.

One way is, in a word-- or is it two words?-- cornhole.

Yes, students have been making from scratch customized cornhole board sets for friends, other students, and even staff members.

"They first received a request for the boards," said Project SPEAR-IT lead teacher Timothy O'Leary, "and then completed the design, built the frames, carved the design, assembled the boards, and finished them with several coats of polyurethane."

Almost every skill the program seeks to teach has been utilized for this project, according to O'Leary. Operating the C&C machine, measuring, cutting, drilling and pocket screwing, gluing and shooting brad nails, using a drill press and jig saw, sanding, and painting. The students are very excited to see what they can get done in the second half of the year.

"I still pinch myself every time I walk into the shop," said O'Leary of the Project SPEAR-IT program and its capacity to facilitate projects like this.

So, if you're one of the lucky ones to have requested a customized cornhole board set, be on the lookout-- it could be on the way soon. And just in time for the holidays.

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