Students in the Grade 10 Science and Technology classes at Ursuline College cut the ribbon on landscaping structures that they designed and built throughout the year. The work was done in partnership with Youth Fusion, an organization which helps to foster student engagement through innovative and meaningful education projects.
"Our work with Youth Fusion throughout the 2018-2019 school year has been an amazing and rewarding experience for our students," says Ray Power, Principal of Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School. "With the support of Youth Fusion and our staff, the students have created several landscaping structures that will enhance the beauty of the UCC campus for many years to come."
In addition to a pergola, the students created planter boxes and benches, which are now located in the campus courtyard.
The work is the result of a year-long experiential learning project that took students from the design stage through construction, with the help of Youth Fusion Environmental Coordinator Stephanie Howes, and UCC staff members Chantal Lucarelli, Chris Halinaty and Trevor Matthews.
The students' work also received a provincial award. At Youth Fusion's Ontario Education Festival in May, the Ursuline College entry received an 'Excellence of Approach' award.
In the photo above (L-R) Youth Fusion Environmental Coordinator Stephanie Howes, UCC Teachers Chris Halinaty and Chantal Lucarelli, Superintendent of Education Scott Johnson, UCC Teacher Trevor Matthews and Mayor Darrin Canniff look on as UCC Grade 10 Student Cole Tetreault cuts the ribbon to officially dedicate the landscaping structures to the Ursuline College campus.