Lake Park, GA (WALB) - The Moody Air Force Base Youth Program set sail Friday after putting finishing touches on a boat they've been building all summer.
"The first time we started by putting all the pieces together," said Jared Allen, Moody Airforce Base Youth participant. "Then we finished it and then the third time we started to paint it and put hand prints on it."
Thirty Moody Air Force Youth have been learning about maritime life and building the boat since June 2.
"It lends itself really well to do parts of the building project and then stop and take notes with a log book," said Curtis Tucker, President of Kids Aboard Workshop. "We also do a little bit of math and brainstorm things like boat safety and names of boats."
Boat building gives kids the opportunity to work together as a team and to bring to life what they learned in school. A lot of kids in the program have moms and dads who are both active in the military.
Moody Youth Program Director Nikki Bennett says this build-a-boat program allows for kids to get hands-on education everyday.
"They can actually get out and work with carpentry type of materials that they may not be able to do if their dad is out in Afghanistan or Iraq," said Nikki Bennett, Moody AFB Youth Program Director.
The kids were excited to see their handy work out on the water. Bennett said when given the choice students even gave up field trips to get the job done.
The Youth Program director says kids are already excited about next summer when they plan to decorate a classroom as a rain forest.