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    I’m Afraid It’s Too Late For Those In Parker’s Class!

    But they sure are learning a lot, I have to give them that, and in my mind, the end always justifies the means…at least when you’re talking about student involvement and student learning.

    So what are Eddy Parker’s students learning these days at Comanche High School?  Auto Mechanics, plain and simple, with some very, very non-plain and non-simple methods!

    Upon first entering the auto mechanics shop, nothing looks even a bit strange. I found an old vehicle jacked up tall enough for anyone to walk beneath, and the students were all holding some very conventional tools when I began to snap photos of their work. So far, nothing out of the ordinary. And then Mr. Parker and the boys began to talk.

    Mr. Parker demonstrates the next step.

    Mr. Parker demonstrates the next step.

    As I would have expected, this vehicle is going to run! The 6 cylinder engine has been replaced with a 350.

    Then the boys went to work!

    Then the boys went to work: Darrin Layman, Joey Guerrero, Jorge Medieta

    And then ___ joined the group under the old truck.

    Parker Dunn and Alex Serrano joined the group under the old truck.

    They've lowered the top of the truck, and they've lowered the body.

    They’ve lowered the top of the truck, and they’ve lowered the body.  There is a stuffed coon’s tail that will come out of one of the front pipes, the coon’s head will peep out of the opposite pipe.

    Think the truck just happens to have an old milk can in the rear? That's what I thought but no, that milk can is the fuel tank!

    Think the truck just happens to have an old milk can in the rear? That’s what I thought but no, that milk can is the fuel tank!

    The back blinkers are actually going to be windshield wipers, and beside the doors will be bike pedals that actually move as the vehicle moves. Overall a fun, fun way for students to learn some very important skills, and yes, they will be able to show off their work at the next Pow Wow car show!

    The students creating the vehicle: John Whiteside, Jorge Medieta, Joey Guerrero, Alex Serrano, Parker Dunn, Darrin layman, Christopher Laurents

    The students creating the vehicle: John Whiteside, Jorge Medieta, Joey Guerrero, Alex Serrano, Parker Dunn, Darrin Layman, Christopher Laurents

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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