April 27, 2010

This past Monday we were invited to visit with Craig Morrison and the students at the Oasis Skateboard Factory. Craig is an enthusiastically positive teacher and is responsible for creating an “alternative” program with the Toronto District School Board. This unique program offers “all subjects with a skateboard design and street art focus” and “community focused entrepreneurship. We hung out for the morning and met some of the students participating in the program. It’s incredible see the students totally engaged with their work and what their learning. The result speaks for itself. These students have created some amazing work and most of all we’re honored that some of them will be participating in the disposable show this year with a custom design for auction.

I purchased this slo_skate zine for 2 bucks. Its a collection of essays and personal stories from the students and is a great introduction to the program.

I remember high school and it fucking sucked and I don’t recall the slightest bit of progression from the Peel Board of Education. This made us think about the relevance of alternative schooling and the real connection that’s possible between student and substance. We’re looking forward to a long association with Oasis in the future and I’m sure that they will be a beneficiary in some way with our efforts.


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