Meet the King Kong of all burn barrels.
Students in the Kuskokwim River village of Tuluksak are learning to weld while turning this old 3,000-gallon community fuel tank into the village's new incinerator, said teacher Darcy Dixon.
The incinerator, balanced on legs welded by students, could be burning trash and reducing demands on the dump by as early as next month, she said.
Students are also looking at recycling options, said Dixon, who is the student government adviser. Here's an announcement about the project that she e-mailed today:
Students of Tuluksak High School are banding together to improve their community by manually moving a 3000 gallon steel tank into their shop. This tank will become an incinerator that will serve the needs of the entire community.
Prior to this student driven school project, the community of Tuluksak has not had a means of actively reducing their waste. Principal Lance Jackson was quoted as saying, “The community needs a burn barrel and the students need practical skills. Why not combine efforts and teach the state standards in a hands-on meaningful project?”
At the present time the school is undergoing review by the American Welding Society to become an accredited certificate granting institution.
This project has been integrated into the entire high school curriculum with outstanding results. In geography students have mapped out their vision for the new dump, including traffic flow and exactly where the incinerator should be placed; in science students have spent time in the dump identifying burnable items and conducting experiments in the burning of trash; in math they are measuring and converting their data to volume and holding capacities; and of course in English they are expressing their ideas and hopes for a cleaner healthier Tuluksak in standard English.
One student was quoted as saying “ I am excited about the burn barrel because it will help Tuluksak and it will help our environment.”
As the school applies their learned knowledge across the state standards, the whole community benefits. This project is scheduled to be completed and burning trash by the first of October.