Students in Kejick Bay learn to produce birch syrup
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Students at Waninitawingaang Memorial School have been putting in a lot of time and effort to boil birch sap to get birch syrup.
Waninitawingaang Memorial School has 10 to 15 birch trees around the school that are tapped, and the students have been gathering buckets of birch sap from the them. Students have then made, and monitored, fires outside the school under staff supervision, to boil and evaporate the sap down to syrup. This is the third consecutive year that students at the school have been producing syrup.
“It helps kids who might not always be successful in the classroom to feel success outside of the classrooms. The kids not only feel success, but they feel like they play a more integral part of the school community,” said Alisha Hill, Principal of Waninitawingaang Memorial School.
The process of getting birch syrup requires a lot of time and birch sap. The ratio of sap required for birch syrup is usually between 80 and 120:1.
“Once you have the sap, it needs to be boiled for at least ten hours to get syrup,” said Grade 4 student Mitchell Trout.
When talking with some of the students about their favourite springtime activities, most of them mentioned making birch syrup among other activities.
Principal Hill said that making birch syrup is definitely something the school wants to continue doing.
“It really motivates the kids. It gets them excited, and they really do find value in it. They love it,” Hill concluded.