Students from Gary Allan High School's TREX program addressed staff wellness initiatives by impressively building a picnic table complete with a tree design hand-etched into the wood illustrating the Halton District School Board's valued 2016-20 Multi-year Plan.
The School Programs Department Wellness Committee wanted to make the staff room at the New Street Education Centre in Burlington healthier and more inviting. Part of the overall plan included the proposal for the creation of a picnic table for people to gather outside to relax.
Students from the Trades Exploration (TREX) program were enlisted for their help in building the table while also practicing their skills and fulfilling curriculum expectations.
“We are all extremely impressed at the effort and talent that was poured into this initiative," said Heather Winmill, Guidance Secretary - ACE-eLearn and member of the wellness committee"
“It was a great opportunity to build connection and community between the staff and students, while incorporating curriculum into the project," explained teacher Dave Blonski, who leads the TREX program.
He said the project connected the curriculum through the application of the design process, and the demonstration of an ability to use construction tools, materials and equipment. Also,, the activity provided opportunities for students to practice business and project management skills often required in the construction industry.
The TREX program is a hands-on program that combines an opportunity to earn compulsory credits through the STEP program with a shop experience that delivers technology credits focused in the areas of Landscaping, Horticulture, Masonry and Technological Design using relevant and practical learning experiences.
Visit the Gary Allan High School website, garyallan.ca, to learn more.