Students of the Tech Prep Construction Technology program at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) have completed eight wooden receptacles for the ‘Cans for Kids’ program.
The students have been working on the receptacles since October 28th. Cans For Kids is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Ginny McKinney to recycle aluminum cans. The net proceeds are used to help finance children’s programs in The Bahamas.
Thus far, 61 schools in New Providence and the Family Islands participate in the recycling program along with 28 businesses and youth organizations. According to BTVI’s Carpentry Head of Department, Graham Thornley, the community project has benefitted students in multiple ways.
“It teaches them basic skills and techniques to be used in carpentry. They have learned to use power tools like the table saw, drills, the compound mitre and they learned measurement and safety precautions among other things. At the same time, they are giving back to the community,” he said.
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI)
Top: BTVI carpentry students Hezekiah Gordon (l) and Annishkea Collie (r) are under the watchful supervision of carpentry Head of Department, Graham Thornley, as they build wooden receptacles to help collect cans for kids.
Side: BTVI carpentry students Hezekiah Gordon (l) and Annishkea Collie (r) are acquiring practical skills while contributing to the community project, ‘Cans for Kids.’