Totem pole will welcome students at new school

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Over the past year while the walls of the New Glasgow Academy were being built, Andy Ward has been working on a project to symbolize the union of multiple schools schools into one.

Andy Ward stands beside the totem pole that will be going in New Glasgow Academy.

A totem pole carved out of pine will be placed in the new school. On it are images that Allison Wilson, Principal of the new school hopes will make everyone feel welcome.

“We were trying to think of something unique for the school and that would make us stand out from other schools, while at the same time make the kids come in and feel welcome and that everyone was together.”

After brainstorming as a group, Helen Boucher who works at the school, made a clay model of what they were looking for and presented it to Ward. He made his own recommendations and then went to work.

The result is a carving that will stand 19 feet tall, is three feet at the base and includes pieces expressing different interests and cultures.

“It’s really nice for the kids to see themselves in the new school,” Wilson said. 

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