Addison County Teens build a boat as a fundraiser

MIDDLEBURY — Over February and April breaks, Addison Central Teens held a boat-building workshop where six teens built a boat from scratch.
Over two weeks, a total the six teens participated in building the hull of a 12-foot sailboat, the rudder, leeboard, mast, sprit and sail. They were provided breakfast starting at 7 a.m., then made the trip from the Teen Center to the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center to start building at 8 a.m. Teens worked with Ed McGuire, a boat builder, and several other adult volunteers from St. Stephen’s church to build the boat before going back to the Teen Center for lunch at noon.
The boat-building workshop opened up the teens’ eyes to a new type of creativity. On the first day of the workshop, each teen was hesitant, waiting to receive direction from the St. Stephen’s volunteers. By the end of the fifth day, every teen was engaged and able to not only find their own tasks, but to do them well. The teens worked hard to learn new skills from cutting and shaping wood to sewing the seams on the sail. In the end the boat came together, was painted and the sail rigged. The teens selected the paint colors and the name: Edge of Glory. They were very satisfied with all they had learned and the end result. Now all that remains is to raffle the boat off and for its new owner to take it out on its maiden voyage.
Edge of Glory is now on display at 51 Main Street in Middlebury and will be raffled off to support the further efforts of Addison Central Teens. Tickets can be purchased for the raffle until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at  go.rallyup.com/act-boat. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will support programs at the Teen Center, which have included financial literacy, cooking, tennis, LGBTQ+ supports, and many more.
The raffle drawing is at 5:15 p.m. on May 10.

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