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Environmental Conservation & Forestry Students Honor Veterans in a Unique Way

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Male student cutting a tree

Dylan Bruce of Cambridge Central School District

Normally the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful place. On September 19 it was a buzz of activity as Environmental Conservation & Forestry Instructor Dennis Flynn and 16 of his students joined professional arborists from around the state for the 4th Annual Saluting Branches Day of Service.

Students performed tree care and site beautification using the skills they acquired in their CTE program and at the same time gained hands on experience under the supervision of industry experts.

The event’s local site coordinator, Paul Gardner, said he was happy to have the WSWHE BOCES students participate.

“In our industry, there is such a shortage of guys coming into the field. I am hoping that these young guys can come in here, see how this works in a commercial operation and maybe it will spark some interest,” said Gardner.

One of 51 sites in the national event, it was the only one in New York State. CTE students valued the opportunity to participate in the event to honor those who gave so much.

To learn more about the national event click here. Read the Saratogian's story

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