NSCC Students in the Tourism Management Program at the Kinstec Campus in Kentville recieved a recognition from Kentville Town Council and the Recreation Department on Monday at the regular meeting of the Council Advisory Committee. Mayor David Corkum described the students’ efforts to organize a community event benefiting both the Kentville Food Bank and the Miner’s Marsh protected wetland site as “absolutely outstanding”.
20 Students, both 1st and 2nd year, under the direction and guidance of faculty member Nicole Robinson were able to pull off an event that saw more than 2300 people walk the Miner’s Marsh lined with over 300 carved jack-o-lanterns on October 28th. Many of the event attendees were first time visitors to the Marsh itself, which was partially the purpose of the project. $1000.00 in cash was collected and that money will go back to the marsh in the form of donation of benches, and interpretive signage about the turtles that call the marsh home. In addition, the students collected 2 pickup trucks full of food for the food bank.
The Recreation Department presented the group with their Recreation Champion Award during the same meeting. The group hopes to make the Pumpkin Walk at Miner’s Marsh an annual event. This year was the second year, but last year’s weather forced the event inside. The group also said after debriefing they’ve come up with some ways to make next year’s walk even “bigger and better”.