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Case Study: Working Together to Build a School – and Future

The saying “it takes a village” has special meaning in a small community like Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Recently, the town of 1,500 put that proverb into action as folks came together to raise funds for the new Hudson Bay Community School.

Several years ago, the provincial government announced the old Hudson Bay High School would be taken out of service and presented ideas for a new school. The community felt the design fell short and put together a plan that included enhanced drama and fine arts departments, an expanded mezzanine and an outdoor learning area. The plan also included an improved industrial arts center, which is an important feature of the new school. Even in today’s tough marketplace, there’s a lot of demand for skilled trade workers. This industrial arts center will give local students a good strong foundation for their future.

We awarded the school a Strategic Community Partnership grant. Our Strategic Partnership fund is designed to meet significant needs in our communities based on a certain set of criteria. Locations in the United States and Canada can compete for up to $100,000 in grant money. Hudson Bay High School received $100,000 over a two-year period, making it possible to expand the scope of its industrial arts center.

The department will be named the Weyerhaeuser Applied Trades Center in recognition of the company’s support and will offer classes in carpentry, electrical work, welding and other trades.


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