Green-thumbed students give back through toil and soil
October 8, 2009 by Mitch Thompson
Taking inspiration from the popular show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Kwantlen Horticulture students remodeled the yards of a deserving Coquitlam family, the Yules. The students were just one part of the renovations, with a group called the Home Team completely remodeling the inside of the house.
This is the third year that the department has partnered with the Home Team. See the full story in Abby Wiseman’s article, which follows the photos.
By Abby Wiseman
Kwantlen horticulture students got the opportunity to get out of the classroom and put their lessons to practical use last weekend.
While Cornerstone Community Church members were renovating the home of the Yule family in Coquitlam, Kwantlenâ€™s students designed and landscaped the backyard.
This is the third year Kwantlen students have worked with the church and the second time student Alyssa Chuback has been part of the churchâ€™s Home Team project.
â€œGiving back to someone who has given a lot is very rewarding, and it makes you feel good about yourself,â€ Chuback said.
Stan Kazymerchyk, turfgrass management instructor, feels the project is good for the students, who not only get to put their knowledge to practical use, but also get a rewarding experience, saying the students learn how â€œto help people, how to be people.â€
The 13 students worked for two days to create a yard for the Yule family. Sunday the renovated house and yard was revealed to the family.
Homeowner Brian Yule was overwhelmed by the changes, saying that he was lost for words.
â€œThank you all so much. Beautiful people, beautiful people,â€ Yule said.
Kazymerchyk hopes to continue getting his students involved in The Home Project for years to come.
â€œIt would be tough to turn down,â€ Kazymerchyk said.
Each year, the church chooses a family in need and carries out a complete home renovation.