PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BOPC, EAST HILL FOUNDATION, AND BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS RESULTS IN NEW TABLES & CHAIRS FOR THE PARKS
A $5,000 grant from the East Hill Foundation was applied to the purchase of building materials for the construction of 20 wooden picnic tables and 30 Adirondack chairs by
students for placement throughout the Buffalo Olmsted Parks system. Students from McKinley High School’s Careers
and Technical Education program (CTE) were responsible for constructing all
20 wooden picnic tables. The CTE program
covers many different fields in several different high schools and integrates
rigorous academics with relevant career and technical skills, as well as
workplace attitudes and behaviors. The Buffalo Public School Adirondack
chairs were built by CTE students with special needs from the Buffalo
Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts and ranged in grade levels 7
to 12. The construction project was
coordinated by Director of CTE, Kathy Heinle.
“The students are more than happy to participate in constructing the chairs for the conservancy’s use,” Heinle said. “The project increases their skills and affords them pride in a job well done. And the CTE teachers reinforce the fact that people visiting the parks will enjoy the students’ efforts for years to come.”
Head carpentry teachers overseeing the project were Don Geil, Joe Denee, Abigail Swales, and Gerry Durak.
“Because of our wonderful relationship with Buffalo Public Schools, we can provide more comfort to the visitors of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks. We are so grateful for a project that is a win- win- win for students, the Parks and visitors,” Thomas Herrera-Mishler, President and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, (BOPC), is a 501c3 not-for-profit, independent, community organization that promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of
Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the greater Buffalo
area to guarantee experiences for
current and future generations. Olmsted
The East Hill Foundation identifies and funds innovative, charitable projects designed to enhance the quality of life of residents from the eight counties of
Western New York. The Foundation also teaches
stewardship to the founders' family members by supporting their projects
irrespective of where they live.
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