shooting practice

Shooting Practice Out In The Desert…

One of our favorite activities here at TFL is to head out to the open land for shooting practice.

Hunter, currently in an apprenticeship with Justin Sip Custom Guns. He has developed a very strong love and passion for guns and therefore is always willing to share that with us here.

Hunter owns many guns and takes the time to teach the students proper gun safety as well as unique tips about each gun.

This trip we had the opportunity to shoot: AK 47, Luger, Desert Eagle, Bolt Actions, and shot guns. We had targets to practice on as well as clay pigeons.

-Brittani, TFL Assistant Program Director

Voted student of the week

Voted TFL Student of the Week- Congratulations, Carlos!

Carlos Voted Student of the Week

At TFL’s weekly Student Committee lunch meeting, we vote on a new student of the week:

“Carlos has always been a great friend to me as well as the other students.”

“Carlos has started a new path. After getting a foundation in coding he decided to pursue a course a as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA.) Carlos loves psychology and cares deeply about people and always strives to do his best.”

“Carlos has always been very kind to me and really funny.”

“Carlos helped me do the dishes the other day when my cooking partner was gone.”

Activity exercising

Exercise/Activity Committee Keeping Up the Fun

The student committee that I work with is the exercise and activity committee.

Lee and Wesley are on this committee, and have been doing a good job of keeping up on their assignments.

Their job is to make sure that we have activities planned every Saturday.

Each month they plan two activities that can be physically exerting, such as a hike, or rappelling.

They also plan two activities that are more geared toward just something that is fun, such as laser tag, or miniature golf.

They coordinate with all the students’ interests and plan the activities.

All I do is help them when they need it.

We’ve been enjoying regular activities that have been both fun and challenging, and the students are doing a great job of planning them. —Cam, TFL Mentor

Outing at cabin

Weekend Cabin Outing With TechieForLife Students

On Sunday, 8 October, Mr. Grygla took several Techie-for-Life students on a weekend outing to his family cabin and ranch in the Utah wilderness.

The central event of this trip was a meeting to vote on phase advancement for two students (both were approved unanimously), though Mr. Grygla made sure that there were plenty of other things to do over the weekend.

We began by visiting the Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park, where we raced at sliding down the dunes (the sand is made almost of pure quartz, and is very clean to roll around in, not unpleasant at all).

We next visited the sand cave belonging to a friend of Jason’s, where striated bands of color covered the walls of the cave; by carefully choosing soft spots and scraping the sand into sacks, we could bring home a rainbow of pure hues.

At the cabin itself, we cooked tinfoil dinners of beef, potatoes, and onions on the coals of a campfire, though we retreated indoors to eat after a the winds picked up.

By morning, however, the weather had become pleasant again, and Mr. Grygla taught several students how to strip the bark from a felled red juniper using hand tools, in order to make the columns for the basement of his parents’ nearby cabin, which is still under construction.

All in all, we had a very pleasant time at the cabin, and the mountains in which it is set, along with our drive through Zion Canyon on the return voyage, was a reminder of just how unique and wonderful a place the Southern Utah wilderness can be. –Wesley, TFL Student

cabin forest (2)

sand dune (2)