Students in Mr. VanWie’s alternative education class at Draper Middle School recently performed a service learning project at Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction.
The annual event provides hands-on learning for students and the completion of a meaningful project for the farm.
“Prior to starting, we talked about volunteerism and leaving a legacy through hard work. The kids were eager and saw the work my previous students did at the Mabee Farm that will be there for years to come,” said Mr. VanWie.
In past years, students have put up a fence, planted trees and built a kiosk that holds a map of the farm. This year, students did some landscaping and cleared a path for a nature trail. “Students wanted to give back in the same capacity as in previous years, and we achieved that goal,” he said.
The projects foster teamwork and the concepts of character education.
“Seeing the kids working so hard and feeling pride in their work was awe-inspiring,” said Mr. VanWie.