July 1st marks Canada’s 150th birthday.
And at Outlook High School Trades Centre, a project to celebrate – whilst also giving back to the community – is well underway.
Quintessentially Canadian, this celebration comes in the form of maple leaf ornaments. These 26 inch high, metal decorations have the number 150 in the centre and are being sold to the public in order to help create a wonderful display of one of Canada’s most iconic symbols.
Instructor Keith Theoret says the project is an all-around win for him and his students; the kids get to learn assembly line work skills, developing the tools necessary to perform specific job tasks, and they can also give back to the community that has been supportive of the programme at the Trades Center from the beginning.
Working in an assembly line, the students had specific tasks in front of them, whether it was grinding out rough edges or welding the metal rods to the leaves.
The positive reaction to the class’ Canada 150 project is an extension of the amazing relationship that the town of Outlook has always had with the high school – and Keith says this was their way to try and give something back to a community that routinely supports the school and its students.
“The community reaction to it has been awesome, and that’s why we wanted to do it,” he said. “Someone asked me if I could make a maple leaf on a stick, and I just said ‘Yes, we could.’ I wondered if we should try and make money off it and I said no. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community. The community has always done a ton for the school and we’re selling them for basically what they cost to make.”