Fifteen students from the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society language classes in Williams Lake have taken Earth Day to heart.
The group has embarked on a creative recycling effort that will turn unwanted wooden shipping pallets into two planters to be displayed at the school.
Teacher Susan Nelson said the students came up with the idea themselves and their enthusiasm has carried the project along.
“The whole school wanted to get involved and the students started to brainstorm,” Nelson said.
“The idea of the pallet planters was brought up — students had seen creative options online — and it went from there.”
“The students started to brainstorm design ideas, sponsors and a location for the project, and we thought the historic Potato House would be a perfect place to do the planting.”
The students, who are from Iran, the Philippines, Japan, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Korea, Macedonia, India and Mexico, wrote letters to perspective sponsors.
“This includes things like language, carpentry, gardening and communication skills,” Nelson added.
The community is invited to stop by the Potato House on May 15 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see a fun, historic project in the making.
“Stop by and say hello, hola, konnichiwa, kumusta kayo or sat siri akal,” she said.
“This is more than a class project — it’s a community project.”