It started with an idea; Andre Tryon, Students’ Council Co-President, wanted North Addington to have a float in the Northbrook Santa Claus Parade. Building a float is a big undertaking, and so the Viking team rolled up their sleeves and jumped in. Denver Lucas, a Grade 11 Graphic Design student, created a 3D computer model with dimensions. “When I started to design the boat I thought it was a unique idea. I had fun making the float design in Sketch Up,” said Denver.
The next step was taking the plans over to the Grade 9 Technology class where they constructed the 16 foot Viking boat, with shields, Dragon head and mast. A large group student volunteers stayed after school to paint the boat, sail and details on the float, working into the evening. Then it was off to the Senior Transportation class to secure the boat to an 18’ trailer and rig up the lights, speakers and special effects.
Students’ Council members, and other students rode the float in the parade to show their school spirit in last Saturday’s parade.
“With great collaboration among Students’ Council, enthusiastic students and more than willing teachers, the float was a huge success! Plans for next year have already started!” said Andre.