The buzz of chainsaws could be heard along Kingston’s inner harbour today. High school students were out trimming some trees. Yes, the students got to run chainsaws because of a partnership between the public school board and the city. Mike Postovit reports.
Taking the teaching and more importantly the learning outdoors. This is the “poplar tree plantation” at Belle Park.
Mike Mol is helping this group of students from the Katarokwi Aboriginal School develop new skills and attitudes — including the safe operation of chain saws.
Jordan Taylor/Grade 10 Student
“Feels great using a chain saw. I thought it would be pretty scary — but it’s actually not.
Jordan Taylor is a grade 10 student — and as you can see — she’s got a pretty good handle on things.
“Mike yesterday taught us how to use a chain saw — so today we are finally using a chain saw and cutting — very exciting.”
Kelly Maracle/Indigenous Student Support Teacher
“They’re having a great time — they love being outside and they love the hands on aspect.”
Kelly Maracle is a teacher at the school.
“Two years ago we were here some doing environmental science stuff and we did some plots and we were looking at the trees and the growth and these trees were planted to help remove the toxins from Belle Park. So for out students to be able to come back a few years later and be part of culling the trees and using them for our tee-pee poles is pretty fascinating.”
Brodie Richmond/City of Kingston Environmental Projects Manager
“This is a win – win where we’re combining the science of Belle Park landfill and protecting the environment and reducing our leachate here while at the same time the students are getting some real hands on experience with chain saws and also the poles that they need for their projects.”
Curriculum and community coming together. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.