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Trenton High School students hard at work saving the environment


The Outer Limits class of 32 students from Trenton High School endured the weather changes in April to plant trees in various locations. A partnership with the Hastings Stewardship Council and the students and staff at Trenton High School [1] has made this project a success for the past 14 years.

Student Corey, said that “It’s a great course and although it is a lot of work, it is worth it.”

On a Monday in April, the students planted white spruce and red pine in Eldorado; Tuesday they planted in Thomasburg; Wednesday in Stocco and Thursday in Wooler. The survival rate of the plantings is extreamely good. For example, a planting of 4000 trees behind Loyalist resulted in only a 5% loss when replanting was done in 2009.

Grade 11 student, Cameron said he liked “helping the environment,” he also stated that it was great to “get off their bikes and help others.”

The class was busy this year. The goal according to teacher and EarthCARE representative Jeff McDougal was to spend 95% of the class time out of doors. The students were involved in cycling, winter camping, First Aid Training, working on the Mayhew Creek rehabilitation in Trenton, leaf raking in a local cemetery as well as other projects.

According to Raven, a student at Trenton High School, said she learned “a lot of new things; not text book stuff.”

Jordan, another Grade 11 student, said the class was “a lot of fun, good for the environment,” and that the teacher was great.

The environment benefits greatly from the hard work and dedication from the Outer Limits students at Trenton High School and teacher Jeff McDougal.



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Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 800-267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]