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La Crescent Chopper Club builds more than bikes

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota  (WXOW) ----- A shop class at La Crescent High School has taken building things to a whole new level.

Typically students learn how to take things apart and put them back together again with school materials, but this time they're building something from scratch with nothing but a motor and frame.  

This is the 2nd year of Chopper Club. The original goal is to build a bike for an annual event in Minneapolis but this year the school was given a special honor, to build a bike for S & S Cycle's 55th anniversary.

S & S gave the club a frame and an engine. Students must build the rest of the bike on donations.  Then takes the bike on tour for one year and then gives it back to the students who can auction it off and keep the profits for their next project.

"Throwin sparks" That's what they call it at Chopper Club but there's a lot more to it. Scott Martin is the teacher who started the club.  He says kids learn life skills and get real hands on experience.  "And it helps them figure out what they want to do in life.  Maybe they want to do graphic design or welding."

There is another reason Martin started the club.  "It's something where maybe a student isn't involved with a musical or sports it gives them an outlet. I know that if when I was in high school there was something like this I'd have went crazy for it."

Ian Krajewski is a 12th grader in the club who says it's the greatest club.  "I think it's a class that everyone should take because people are just saying motorcycles really aren't my thing but how many people have actually ever been on one or ever built one for that matter."

Brandon Fuchsel says he loves to build but his passion is fundraising for the club. "Some people  just think it's a bunch of kids who want to get together and throw sparks -- that's not true. There's so much more to it. There's mathematics, geometry, science and business."

Teacher, Scott Martin estimates that the finished chopper will be worth around 50 thousand dollars. If you'd like to see the finished product you can find them on Facebook at" La Crescent Hokah High School Chopper Class."

The clubs main fundraising source is selling T-shirts. 10 dollars each and 15 for shipping.  @

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