Students help send Christmas tree to Boston

Natural Resources and Environmental Technology students and their faculty cut the annual Christmas tree for Boston.

Students help send Christmas tree to Boston

Diana Austin and her NRET classmates helped their instructor, Daniel Nightingale, fell the Christmas tree for Boston.

"A lot of people in the audience were really happy to see Santa at the ceremony, but the highlight for me was counting the tree rings. " ~ Diana Austin

Fast Fact

Approximately 30,000 people attend the tree lighting at Boston Common each year, with another 300,000 watching the event on TV (Province of Nova Scotia).

Despite the teeming rain, Diana Austin was as excited as a child on Christmas morning as she and her classmates prepared the 43-foot white spruce for its journey to Boston. 

She’s one of several Strait Area Campus Natural Resources and Environmental Technology program students who took part in the cutting of the province’s annual Christmas tree gift to Boston – a thank you for that city’s assistance in the wake of the Halifax Explosion in December of 1917. 

“I remember being a kid and reading about the relationship between Boston and Nova Scotia because of that tragedy, so to see the tree first hand and help out, it was an honour.”

It was her instructor, Daniel Nightingale, who cut the tree at the farm of John and Ethel Ann MacPherson of Purlbrook, Antigonish.

Diana and classmates covered the tree with protective boughs after it was secured in a flatbed truck for the long journey to New England.  It wasn’t just the opportunity to give back to a city that supported Halifax in a time of need that appealed to her; it was a chance to expand on her in-class training as well.

“We’ve been learning a lot about tree identification and what they need to grow,” says Diana, a first-year student. “It was interesting to make that connection. We’ve also focused on chainsaw and clearing saw safety, so to witness the care taken in cutting it down was invaluable.”

Besides the educational opportunity, Daniel says it’s an important event for any Nova Scotian to witness. “I thought it would be nice to get students involved and I hope it’s been a rewarding experience for them.”

It was for Diana, who plans to earn a degree in environmental engineering. “I’m going to follow the tree as it makes its way to Boston. It’s a cool thing to be able to tell people you helped make that happen.”

 

17/11/14

"A lot of people in the audience were really happy to see Santa at the ceremony, but the highlight for me was counting the tree rings. " ~ Diana Austin

Fast Fact

Approximately 30,000 people attend the tree lighting at Boston Common each year, with another 300,000 watching the event on TV (Province of Nova Scotia).

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We would like to you this article in our soon to be finished issue of the School of Trades & Technology Newsletter. Who could give us copywright permission to do this? 2014-11-28 14:29:59
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