The Dunchurch Agricultural Society has a new set of gate booths, thanks to the work of Almaguin Highlands Secondary School construction students. The booths will have a place of honour, as they are set to be installed at the entrance of the Dunchurch Fairgrounds, home to the long-running Fall Fair.
Darran Andersen, a manufacturing technology teacher at Almaguin Highlands is also the director of the Dunchurch Agricultural society, and since the society needed new gate booths, “thought it would be a good learning opportunity for his students,” the Near North District School Board (NNDSB) explained in a recent release.
When he reached out to Shendah Davy at Home Dept, she was all for helping, and was happy to contribute to the cause through the store’s Community Investment team at Home Depot Canada. Home Depot also has Team Depot, a crackerjack volunteer crew composed of Home Depot associates who help out with various community charity construction projects.
Giving back “is a core value of the Home Depot Canada,” Davy emphasized, adding “it was great to work with the four dedicated students” who helped with the build. “Who knows,” she said, “they might be Home Depot associates one day!”
That might have crossed Carter Schaffner’s mind when he hand picked the four students for the task. Schaffner teaches construction, and on the big day of the build, he helped the students frame out the structures, “and with the help of the Home Depot Canada Volunteers,” the students “acquired new knowledge of pitch and slopes of roofing and trusses,” the NNDSB explained.
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As far as Andersen was concerned, not only did the students learn a lot that day, but also “gained newfound appreciation for the importance of local volunteers and local organizations” and what all of that effort “brings to small communities,” the NNDSB mentioned.
“Students were very impressed by their accomplishments for one day,” Andersen said. “The project took shape very quickly and the students felt they contributed in a very positive manner to support local organizations and businesses.”
So, future Fall Fair goers, keep that all in mind as you move through those new gate booths, and let those pillars remind you of the power of community collaboration.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca