NEWCOMB - Despite growing up in the Adirondacks, local students are still inspired by the learning opportunities that the park presents. At the beginning of the school year, Newcomb students embarked on an Adirondack Logging unit that would last until the end of November. The unit culminated with an Adirondack Fair where students presented projects, experiments and creative displays.
Over the course of the past few months, students in grades k-12 have been exposed to their roots - the character of the Adirondack Park and its logging history.
Elementary students were visited by Milda Burns of North River - a decedent of a logging family that dates back to the 1800s.
"The whole school looked at how the logging community affected our Adirondack home," said Newcomb Central School English teacher Terri Smith.
A panel of local logging representatives visited with the middle and high school students to provide a look into their respective avenues of the industry. Foresters, logging company owners, and state Department of Environmental Conservation as well as Adirondack Park Agency representatives were part of the panel.
Panelists encouraged students to do such things as appreciate their surroundings, to ask questions of its history, to buy locally and to participate in the preservation of the park.
"You live in a national and maybe even international treasure," said DEC forest ranger Del Jeffrey.
"I think it's very important to learn about the logging industry and its developments since early 1900's. I think it is important to learn about our history and culture because it instills a good work ethic in us," said senior Brandon Poulton.
The culmination Adirondack Fair featured Adirondack story telling, dance and the presentations of varying projects. Students and teachers alike were able to incorporate a logging theme into their school and state standardized subject matter, allowing students to prepare for exams and meet regulations while embracing their home and local history.