As part of its efforts to make students more comfortable at school, CIS provides essential supplies for students whose families struggle to purchase basic necessities. Many families with low incomes cannot afford to replace worn-down or outgrown footwear. Particularly in winter, poorly fitting footwear can cause discomfort or embarrassment that distracts students from academic endeavors.
The nonprofit New Flyers Association empowers student aviators to improve their soaring skills under the tutelage of certified flight instructors. Whether taking off for the first time on an introductory flight or logging hours in pursuit of a Sport Pilot license, pupils experience the freedom of winged travel aboard such flying machines as a Flight Design CTLS or Piper Cherokee, depending on availability. The association makes its nest in hangar A-10 at The Ohio State University’s Don Scott Airport, a general aviation airport that allows students to learn fundamentals in a professional environment that's safer than jumping from the top bunk bed.
DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The 12-lap package lets you take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing on AutoClub Speedway's two-mile D-shaped oval track, which will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
Digitized in the video game Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, SplatterPark stands among the Midwest's foremost fields for tie-dyed conflict. Safely deposited in the park's drop zone, recruits receive their battlefield equipment set, including semiautomatic rental guns with 400 paintballs, protective masks and harnesses, and an inflatable decoy in the shape of former vice presidents. SplatterPark's mess tent also provides combatants with a tactical lunch containing postfirefight sustenance in the form of hot dogs, chips, and a vial of truth serum for use on captured opponents. Skirmishes unfold across one of a dozen fields, including the forested Fort Buckeye, Snipers Hollow, and Hamburger Hole, where players must avoid open-field barrages and landmines shaped like cheeseburgers.
MVOB’s group of dedicated volunteers largely consists of retired seniors who use their sewing skills to create blankets. After each blanket is created, a tag is sewn on by MVOB, which is then personalized by each foster child's case worker. By supplying these items to kids living in foster care, MVOB aims to ensure that they will have something comforting and familiar to keep throughout multiple moves from one home or foster family to another.