Students In New Bedford Get To Build, Deck Out Their Own Skateboards

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One south coast nonprofit is trading the boat deck for the board deck and giving students a chance to get in on the fun.

Community Boating Center New Bedford is using its time during the non-boating season to give students the opportunity to build their own skateboards by hand. The organization partnered with schools like Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford, to give kids the opportunity to deck out their own decks.

Richard Feeny, the education director with Community Boating Center New Bedford, spoke WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe about the program.

"It's half a woodworking project and half an art project at the end of the day," Feeny said. "The kids get to build and decorate their own skateboard."

One student said the woodwork was a bit challenging.

"We got seven layers of wood and then we had to glue them together and put them in an airtight bag for like two weeks," she said. "Then we had to scrape all the glue off and then you can start decorating, once you've sanded everything."

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She painted a snake on her skateboard because she plans to give it to her brother for his birthday.

"It's his favorite animal," she said.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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