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Ile des Chenes Students Beautify Town By Marianne Curtis
40+ grade 7 and 8 students from Ecole Ile des Chenes School gathered together to beautify the town by planting 285 trees at the local community centre. Inset: Ile des Chenes School students Deegan McGarry and Devon Watt work together to get the trees planted around the TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chenes.
Over forty grade 7 and 8 students from Ecole Ile des Chenes School gathered together to beautify the town by spending a day planting 285 trees at the local community centre. On September 20, students from Tony Masi’s Gade 7, 8 English, Chantale Lecocq’s Grade 7, and 8 Immersion classes from Ecole Ile des Chenes School gathered at the TransCanada Centre for one morning to plant trees. “We were approached by Wildlife Haven to help plant over 250 bushes and trees that were going to be planted just north the Ile des Chenes Arena and Trans-Canada Centre,” explained Masi. “We had around 40 students, aged 11-13, who participated in the project.” According to Roger Perron, the TransCanada Centre took the initiative to plant the trees with support from the RM of Ritchot and Hometown Manitoba, Tree Planting program. All holes for the tree were dug in advance a few days before and trees were delivered before the planting along with the topsoil and mulch. “This space is very open and there is no protection from wind or snow. The 110 children daycare that rents space in the TransCanada Centre often utilizes this green space for their activities,” explained Perron. “These trees will provide some protection from the elements and in due course shade. These trees will also act as a snow fence on the north side of the TransCanada Centre and IDC Arena.” Perron said the real highlight was how enthused the students were in helping out with the project. “They were happy to be out of school, we had a great sunny day temperature around 20 °C,” Perron noted. “I must say that the girls worked harder than the guys.” Later this fall, Wildlife Haven hopes to get help from students from Ecole Gabrielle Roy when the time comes to plant trees at their new site, Perron added.
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