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Mystery solved: Middle school students behind the new community garden planters

The mysterious new planter boxes and tables that showed up at Rose Valley Community Garden recently were courtesy of a bunch of handy teenagers.

Students from School District 23 (SD23) are the ones who saw a need and stepped up to perform this random act of kindness.

<who>Photo Credit: Kirsten Olsen

A few weeks ago, the students visited Okanagan College ago to learn about the science behind processing raw logs, as well as mill timbers that would later become the planters in question.

A week later, they met with community business members to construct the picnic table and garden boxes that would soon mysteriously appear at the Rose Valley Community Garden.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed

"It was a great experience for our Grades 7-11 students to be able to do something together for the community while exploring their interest and talents in trades occupations," said Bob Boback, dual credit coordinator for SD23.

"They're very proud of what they did, and as a result, several of the young learners at Glenrosa Middle are asking how they can explore trades careers in high school through the Trades Sampler Partnership we have with Okanagan College."

<who>Photo Credit: Kirsten Olsen

Needless to say, organizers of the community garden are quite impressed with the students’ handywork.

"My heart is full with the kindness that this group has shown,” said Kirsten Olsen, one of those organizers. “The craftsmanship and care that they took doing this project is amazing.”

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed

The students would like to thank community volunteers, the City of West Kelowna, Okanagan College Trades and the Industry Training Authority for their contributions to this project.

If you have a student interested in exploring trades while in school, they should visit their school career centre.



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