Woodbury students chip in and volunteer

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Woodbury students chip in and volunteer



WOODBURY – A group of Nonnewaug High School students spent part of Wednesday volunteering their time at Flanders Nature Center’s Van Vleck Farm and Sanctuary at the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads, splitting and stacking wood and clearing and marking trails.

The event was organized by FFA students as a way to give back to the center which has always supported the Ellis Clark Agriscience School at Nonnewaug. It was also a chance for students to see each other during a time when COVID-19 has forced them to be apart.

“These kids really aren’t able to see each other much in school so this is a good chance for them to get together to have a little socialization while at the same time doing the kind of stuff the FFA supports,” said Ellis Clark Director Ed Belinsky, who was also on hand to help out.

Temperatures dipped into the 20s Wednesday afternoon, but the sun was shining and the 17 agriscience students on hand seemed to enjoy getting their hands dirty.

Also on hand was the school’s veterinary science teacher Mike Lavoie, as well as Flanders Nature Center land manager Alex Thomson, who served as a teacher for 30 years at Ellis Clark, from 1980-2010, 18 of them as director.

Wednesday’s work event was organized by junior Hannah Kostka, who was seen stacking firewood, along with freshman Campbell Bologna, to be used in the Flanders sugar house.

A trio of freshmen – Katie Alexander, Gianna Lodice and Lily Mizak – were spotted on a hiking trail repairing signs. Another group, including senior Courtney Rowland, spread wood chips along the trails while Junior Kevin Decesare manned the chain saw.