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  • Collegiate Students Build Bench for Harriet Tubman Elementary

    by Sarah Falls | May 16, 2016
    St. Catharines Collegiate Staff and Students designed and crafted a bench for Harriet Tubman Elementary School for their Grand Opening.  The bench was constructed by:

    Cody Read 
    Jesse Emond 
    Cameron Morrison
    Taylor Deguire

    Under the guidance of:
    Mr. John Gocking
    Mr. Peter Clark
    Ms. Liz Lancaster

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    We researched Harriet Tubman’s life and tried to use some of her background symbolically on the bench.  The White oak leaves represent the official tree of Maryland where Harriet Tubman began her life and struggles.  We chose the Baltimore Oriole and Chestnut-sided Warbler as the Oriole is the state bird and the other is a bird that is common in the area.  We chose the Maple Leaf for her Canadian connection and the Blue Jay and Cardinal as they are common and readily identifiable birds from our area.   The oak leaves are on the left and the Maple leaves are on the right as we as a culture read form left to right so she begins her journey in Maryland and her connection with this area ends on the right. 

    Maryland side of the bench:
    Bench south

    Canadian side of the bench:
    Bench north

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