Robert Land Academy (RLA) is thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for its students to learn basic woodworking skills, while at the same time participating in a community volunteer program. Working in cooperation with Land Care Niagara, the Academy has introduced a woodworking club as one of its many club options for students.
A two hour club period is held weekly at Robert Land Academy, and students have an opportunity to select from a wide range of clubs including boxing, wrestling, weight training, outdoors, automotive restoration, hockey, climbing, and now...woodworking, to name a few.
Students in the woodworking club are learning basic word working skills, including the safe use of power hand tools and larger wood shop equipment. Their first project was to construct a bird house for Eastern Blue Birds from start to finish. Now that they have completed this phase of the program, they will begin producing bird house kits which will then be distributed through Land Care Niagara's Woodworking for Nature program.
Land Care Niagara is a not-for-profit organization. Through their Woodworking for Nature program, adult and older youth volunteers produce wildlife habitat structures (like bird houses) in kit form. Younger youth then assemble the kits as part of a school or library program, cub / girl guide program, Earth Day activity, or other similar programs. The habitat structures are then matched with landowners and other organizations that have suitable habitats for the specific structure.
Robert Land Academy has for many years worked in partnership with Land Care Niagara, providing a facility on site for their wood shop. Land Care Niagara maintains the equipment and facility, uses the wood shop to further its programs and initiatives, and provides an opportunity for the cadets at Robert Land Academy to take part in this worthwhile community program.
Robert Land Academy is a private military-style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in Wellandport Ontario. For further information about Robert Land Academy visit www.rla.ca or for Land Care Niagara visit www.landcareniagara.com.