There’s a huge party happening tonight at Cannonsburg and the whole family is invited to come out for a fun night of art, skating, and more. Here to tell us more is Bill Curtis from Gone Boarding and Steve Van Doren from Vans off the Wall, along with local high school students Paige and Jacob.
The 3rd Annual Gone Boarding x Vans Off The Wall Summer Bash is free and open to the public. Steve Van Doren The Godfather of Vans) will be there. They will have interactive art exhibits, a skate park, a kids “learn to skate area”, live music by The Parking Lots, food and drink available for purchase. There will also be lots of free swag from Vans and Gone Boarding. The boards from this year’s Gone Boarding students will be on display and cash prizes will be awarded. There will be fun activities for the whole family!
Gone Boarding x Vans Off The Wall Summer Bash
- Tonight | 5PM – 8PM
- 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont
About Gone Boarding:
The landscape of education is constantly changing. Our current educational system was designed over 125 years ago. We know through research that students learn best when they are challenged with problems and are encouraged to seek out the solutions. Allowing kids to make mistakes, and guiding them to solutions develops resilience, grit, and maturity.
The goal of Gone Boarding is to Engage, Inspire, and ultimately Empower students to actively pursue their passions in the 21st century. It is a program that was conceived and developed by Bill Curtis and Bruce Macartney, teachers in the Forest Hills Public School District in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They wanted to create something that would engage students who were slipping through the cracks of the school system. After reaching out to students asking, “what would you like to do?”, they received answers that were the start of Gone Boarding. This STEAM curriculum encompasses math and arts, along with science, engineering, business, and an optional PE component.
Students in the Gone Boarding class work in groups. They design, construct, and learn to ride all types of boards including: surfboards, snowboards, skateboards/long boards, stand up paddle boards, wake surfboards, and wake boards. Students also take part in service projects involving younger students through mentoring relationships built around action sports, and partner with the community to make an impact, both locally and globally. Every kid in America should have the opportunity to experience Gone Boarding as it allows them to fully engage with their learning and take ownership of their future.