Manitoulin Secondary School receives over $3,000 in new tools

MANITOULIN—Manitoulin Secondary School’s (MSS) technology department has received over $3,000 worth of new tools thanks to a donation from Stanley, Black & Decker.

“We needed some new tools so I emailed all the major tool manufactures looking for donations,” explained MSS teacher Paul Becks. “Stanley was actually the only one who got back to me—the rest of the companies sent back automated ‘no’ replies. Stanley asked what type of tools we were looking for specifically and asked for a ‘wish list.’ I was expecting a few hammers but they sent us almost everything on our wish list. All in, the retail value of everything they sent is over $3,000. They were extremely generous.”

Mr. Becks said that the new tools will allow him and other teachers in the department to expand the projects they are doing with students.

“It’s (the new donation of new tools) pretty cool,” commented Grade 10 construction student Bryce Mastelko. “So far in the class, we have made composting bins and a germination table.”

MSS Principal Laurie Zahnow said that the donation will provide more opportunities for students and help teach skills that will help them later in life or in their careers.