Students of the F. Donald Myers Education Center Conservation program have been removing debris and dead trees in a clean-up project that has saved the Fort Edward Union Free School District close to $3,000.
A member of the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education and Fort Edward Union Free School District Board of Education, Charlie Pidgeon, suggested the project to both the school district and Conservation Instructor Dennis Flynn. Not only did the district save money by having the BOCES students perform the clean-up, the students had the opportunity to gain real-world experience working for a client.
"The kids get the experience of working for somebody," said Mr. Flynn. "They are able to work on the project and see what they've done for a client."
Activities included removing debris, taking down dead trees, and clearing brush to remove hazards from the school's track. With the clean-up efforts, students will now be able to walk around the full field without caution.