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Stephen Tibbetts, Southern Westchester BOCES’ assistant superintendent for business and administrative services, loves to see BOCES programs in action.
He recently visited Nathaniel Ayewah’s Bridge class at Farragut Middle School in Hastings after the student emailed Mr. Tibbetts to advocate for supplies he needed.
You see, Nathaniel has a passion for constructing 3D models of classic automobiles. He uses a host of materials, including cardboard, tape and photocopies of images. He regularly asks his teachers at Farragut Middle School for these supplies.
One of his teachers suggested that Nathaniel reach out to Mr. Tibbetts to ask for help. To his delight, not only did he get a response, but Mr. Tibbetts visited the school in person to find out from Nathaniel exactly what supplies he needed.
A few weeks later, Mr. Tibbetts hand-delivered photocopies Nathaniel uses for his projects. The photocopies are printouts from a website he told the assistant superintendent about. It has car exteriors that he cuts out and tapes to the models.
In return, Nathaniel presented Mr. Tibbetts with a one-of-a-kind model car as a thank you. The assistant superintendent has the car on display in his SWBOCES office.
“I like the detail of the car, especially the seats,” Mr. Tibbetts said. “It is similar to a prototype that car manufacturers might use.”