Great things happen when a classroom project impacts the real-world. One fine example of this is a project that Oswego County BOCES (OCB) students worked on with the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC) to promote literacy in our local communities. Students in the OCB multi-occupations Design and Drawing for Production program handcrafted the letters R-E-A-D as a classroom project. The nearly four-foot tall letters were designed using a computer software program and cut using a computer numerical control or CNC router. The finished products, pictured above situated on bases also constructed by the students, will be part of a parade float for the LCOC and their efforts to promote 100% literacy through 100% community engagement. Look for the float in local community parades this summer. Accepting the letters on behalf of the coalition was Jennifer Cook, LCOC events chair and also the Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Will Barclay, left, and Paul Gugel, LCOC member and OCB’s Director of Adult and Migrant Education, far right. Also pictured is KC Jones, instructor for the Design and Drawing for Production program, and the following students who engineered and fabricated the letters: Robert Strong, left, Steven Worth, middle, and Nick Crouch.