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Letter: Community project

Thank you, Franklin County Technical School, for another successful community project. Three years ago, we contacted Mark Amstein of the landscaping program about the conditions of our playing field to see if the school could help us. Shortly thereafter, the FCTS bus arrived at our school with Mark at the helm and his class of 2013 landscaping students armed with measuring tapes, test kits, notebooks, and questions to do a full-scale analysis of our field conditions. The class was able to provide us with the necessary directions and a list of supplies needed to grow some hearty grass. Reid Van Iderstine, one of the class members from our town, began volunteering his services and turned this into his capstone project. Each week, Reid would come by to examine his work which consisted of liming, aerating, seeding, taking pictures and documenting the progress. Being a volunteer fireman, he offered to bring the tanker down to water the field if need be. Thanks to these dedicated efforts we now have grass covering our field and Reid continues to help maintain this project. Our community is fortunate to have FCTS and the many choice programs it offers, along with hands-on education and training for students. So, the next time you see the small bus that says Franklin County Tech School, be assured a group of students are on board heading to another town to work on their education and volunteer their learning skills toward another project. Best regards to the Class of 2013 and a successful journey.


for The Swift River School

New Salem -Wendell

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