EDEN, N.Y. — Set down your number two pencils and put away the books.
Class has rarely been this hands on.
Or this loud.
"When I was younger I was used to just sitting in a desk listening,” said Eden High School Senior Wyatt Bromley. “This, we actually get up and use tools and stuff and that's the whole reason I became part of it."
Every year these students design and build a working motorcycle from scratch.
"My goal is to teach them how to problem solve technical problems,” said Eden High School teacher Steven Jones. “The motorcycle is kind of just the instructional tool."
Jones put this program in gear six years ago.
"The kids are learning and they don't really know they're learning and to them motorcycles are cool,” said Jones. “So it all works."
These days the Eden Chopper Class is running at full tilt. But that wasn't always the case.
"The first year was really difficult,” said Jones. “We didn't have a lot of funding."
"If we didn't have the sponsors we have we would not be able to make a bike,” said Eden High School Senior Max Schreiber. “We raise as much money as we can so we can do it on our own, but the sponsor are a huge, huge deal."
That's where former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown comes in.
"The Eden Chopper class was a program that was presented to me some years back," said Brown. "I love motorcycles because it's just fun for me. It's a fun release other than sports."
"I had been on many of Ruben's charity runs that he had been doing in Buffalo previous to that,” said Jones. "It made sense to me that it would be a great fit and I got in touch with Ruben."
"I just thought it was an awesome deal,” said Brown. “I told him, I said, ‘Hey, how can I help you?’"
"And ever since that day he's just been behind us 100 percent,” said Jones. “Whatever he can do to help us."
The Ruben Brown Foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Eden Chopper class.
"Every year we try to raise over two or three grand for them for different parts and stuff that they're going to need," said Brown.
But it's more than just money. Over the years, Brown has stopped in periodically and even asked the students to build a bike for his foundation.
"How often does a little small town get a big football superstar to come in and help out and give you the chance to do something for his organization?" asked Eden High School graduate Josh Bugenhagen.
The nine-time Pro-Bowler says when he does visit, he likes to keep a low profile.
"I think sometimes they look at me like one of their uncles or something, big old guy, their uncle,” said Brown. “He did something, but he's here to help us. Okay, get out of the way."
"Honestly I ended up thinking of him more as an idol, more than as a bike guy or a football player, due to the fact that he's out there helping people with his foundation and again, helping us out," said Eden High School Graduate Tom Gallman.
Most people won't get a chance to play in the NFL.
"The same way I feel about football, they feel about building a new motorcycle or designing something,” said Brown. “So I get a kick out of it."
But like Brown, these students will be able to take their high school experiences and build their futures.
For more information on how you can get involved in the Ruben Brown Foundation, click here