Also in the booth will be information about an agricultural science program that features making and selling maple syrup and related products, taught by Cipperly. It began in 2002 and in 2009 students started building a maple sugar house. Thanks to a legislative grant secured by Sen. John Bonacic, students will be installing photovoltaic cells and a reverse osmosis machine to the building located near the school. This will not only make the process more energy efficient, but it will give students hands-on experience on using technology, he said.
These programs provide students with “21st century skills,” Thomson said. They are the result of teachers and staff who care and “always challenging themselves. I have great, great people. It’s hard not to get excited.”