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CSKT Wildland Recreation Program and Two Eagle River School clean up day

By Adriana Fehrs

Two Eagle River School Student Danielle Auld (L) helps stain a picnic table with staff Bekah Blood (C), and Marie Vanderhoof (R). Fellow TERS student constructed the table during the school year, and as a part of a community service day, TERS students cleaned up Salish Point Park. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

POLSON Eighteen students with eighteen staff from Two Eagle River School spent most of Monday, June 2 out and about cleaning and mowing. The school partnered with the CSKT Wildland Recreation Program and the Kerr Elderly Program to conducted a community service day.

Jami Schall, Home Cultures Teacher, reached out to Terry Tanner, CSKT Wildland Recreation Work Project Coordinator, and Mike Pierre, CSKT Kerr Elderly Program Division Manager, to set up locations to conduct their service day. We wanted to do something as a part of their last days at school before summer break, and I know the [Kerr] elderly program needed help.

Darius McDougall mans a weed whacker. Two Eagle River School Students spent most of June 2 doing a community service day. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Darius McDougall mans a weed whacker. Two Eagle River School Students spent most of June 2 doing a community service day. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The first group of TERS students spent the day at Salish Point Park and the tribal park located by the Flathead Rafting Company in Polson. The Wildlands Program provided supplies, and students took turns mowing, weed whacking, and picking up trash.

Fellow students Patrick LaVallie, Isaiah Adams, Calvin Hendren, and Kamiah Payne constructed two picnic tables, made from logs donated by the Wildlands Program. The TERS students stained and placed one picnic table at each location. Tanner explains, We salvaged theses logs that had been submerged in Flathead Lake for over 60 years and donated them to TERS, and during the school year they made two benches and they turned out really great. The logs, mostly larch and fir, had been dumped into the lake by the Dupuis Mill.

TERS students spent the day at Salish Point Park and the tribal park located by the Flathead Rafting Company in Polson. The Wildlands Program provided supplies, and students took turns mowing, weed whacking, and picking up trash. (Adriana Fehrs photo)  TERS students spent the day at Salish Point Park and the tribal park located by the Flathead Rafting Company in Polson. The Wildlands Program provided supplies, and students took turns mowing, weed whacking, and picking up trash. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

With the help of the Kerr Elderly program, the other group of TERS students spent the day assisting tribal elders on various projects. Schall says, I know the Kerr Elderly Program appreciated it, especially since they have had to cut services.

All participating students were awarded with t-shirts and a hearty pat on the back.

Its been a really great day; the kids got to get out, and its been interesting because some of these kids havent operated this kind of equipment before, and so weve been helping them adjust and weve had fun, says Schall.

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