ESBOCES Students Help a Grandfather Honor a Fallen Hero
The Facilities Maintenance students at the Harry B. Ward Technical Center (WTC) designed and built wooden platforms for a beanbag toss-type game for the recent First Annual Technical Sergeant Dashan Briggs’ Day. The event was held on Sunday, September 23, from 12-5pm at Stotsky Park in Riverhead and benefited the children of Sergeant Briggs, who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq on March 15, 2018. The Facilities Maintenance class is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES special career education program that provides services to students with special education needs. The program teaches students skills that may help them to obtain an entry level facilities maintenance position.
Eli Briggs, grandfather of Dashan, organized the event. Briggs was head custodian at WTC, where he worked for 22 years. Even though Briggs is retired, he remains part of the WTC family, who was more than happy to assist in creating a game for his event. The school also lent him a similar platform to use during the fundraiser.
Students used the template supplied by Briggs to draw the outlines on the wood, which they cut using a table saw and a jig saw. They sanded, stained, and assembled the platforms over the course of a week. Said Arthur Pagano, facilities maintenance teacher, “This project provided my students with a great exercise and allowed them to help their community as well.”