JCJC welding students create trophies for Kids Hub car show

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-04-19 21:06:17

ELLISVILLE – Unique connections have forged a new partnership between Kids Hub and the Jones County Junior College welding program. The idea was hatched by Karie Chatham, Kids Hub Community Outreach Coordinator and JCJC graduate, along with her husband, Chris Chatham, who is the current Baptist Student Union, assistant director. After meeting welding and art student, Alana Jolly who regularly “hangs out” at the BSU, the group approached welding instructor, Billy Clark about the idea of students making trophies for the new child advocacy center’s fundraising event.
“It’s helping kids in the community,” said Clark. “Some of our students talk about their backgrounds and some have had a rough time. Our students jumped on board along with the JCJC automotive and machining departments who offered their time, equipment and used parts. But it was a lot of fun and hard work for our welding students who created these trophies, which are really works of art. The finished products show the creative side of welding and our student welders,” said Clark.
Four JCJC welding students, Alana Jolly of Clinton, Richard West of Petal, Billy Joe Clark of Taylorsville and Logan Pippen of Ellisville, took on the task of fabricating trophies with used car parts for the first Kids Hub Car Show on May 5, at the Lucky Rabbit in Hattiesburg. They had to find time between their school projects to complete this extra assignment for Kids Hub.
“I like cars and doing custom work. This was fun and challenging to get everything to work together,” said Billy Joe Clark who hopes to own his own automotive custom shop. He enjoyed it so much Clark designed two trophies to be used for the event. 
“I love these trophies!” exclaimed Chatham. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, maybe something simple like a block of metal but I didn’t expect these works of art. This is beyond my expectations.”
Students utilized pistons, spark plugs, chains, gears, valves, brakes and rotors to construct their welded works of art. Richard West used a trailer ball hitch to make one of the more unique trophies for the winner of the “Best Rat Rod” category.
“I knew what I wanted to do when I saw this category and Mr. Clark thought the trailer hitch ball could be formed to create the rat for my Rat trophy,” said West.
Jolly’s creation will be used for the Best in Show winner because it’s the biggest trophy, the group decided. Pippen’s trophy with the pistons will be awarded to the winner of the Kid’s Choice category. The “Mayor’s Pick” will get Clark’s “V8” trophy and his creation featuring gears and valves will be raffled off. Chatham said she hopes to be able to build upon this new partnership with Jones students in an effort to create awareness about resources available to help end child abuse. 
“This is really a unique partnership with Mr. Clark. To have him and his students passionate about helping us may begin a conversation with more people about Kids Hub and the available resources we offer. These men can be very influential with our work in the community,” said Chatham.
For more information about the Kids Hub event contact the Center at 601-909-6294.


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