From Felled Trees to Benches

Monday, December 07, 2015


The Story

Our school received a generous donation of ash wood from Sawmill Sid through a connection with alumni parent, Kathy Yamashita in the summer. The wood came from trees in the Town of Richmond Hill that had to be felled after being killed by the emerald ash borer.

Earlier in October, students in the Grade 12 class worked on creating benches for the school as an applied project in the senior Philosophy course. Studies in the Grade 12 year aim at synthesizing various points of view and even overcoming a limited subject-object perspective by becoming part of the creative process where subject and object are united in the creative act. The class broke up into groups and designed and made benches using the donated wood.

The act of giving back to the community is an invaluable part of the senior year of high school and it is through community service projects that the students can experience the positive impact that they can have on the world around them. Both the Town of Richmond Hill and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) sent in a film crew and a photographer to record the students working on the benches.

One bench was designed and made by High School Teacher Leed Jackson with the help of students Heather Grant-McLoughlin, Noa Sorbara and Kevin Webster. It was donated back to the Town as a token of appreciation for the wood donation. This bench is now housed in the Oak Ridges Moraine Eco Centre in the Oak Ridges Community Centre overlooking Lake Wilcox.

You will find a bench in the front lobby, one outside the Dandelion Nursery room and one inside the Grade 1 classroom. One will be placed outside the Grade 9 classroom. View photos of the benches...

In the Media

Bench made by Grade 12 Students & Faculty of Toronto Waldorf School