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BOCES wins 'structural ingenuity' award at 'Canstruction' event
An entry by one of the two student teams competing in the region’s first-ever “Canstruction” event at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City was awared the prize for structural ingenuity.

Entitled "Warming hearts for hunger," the large fireplace sculpted with more than 2,000 cans of beans by Broome-Tioga BOCES' Career Education Leadership/SkillsUSA team was recognized for its complex arching design. The team advisor was Dan Coleman, building trades instructor at BOCES.

"Another proud moment for Broome-Tioga BOCES. Congratulations!" - Allen Buyck, CEO and Ditrict Superintendent

Organized by the Broome Leadership Institute Alumni Association, “Canstruction of the Southern Tier 2014” is part of an international hunger-relief effort, an innovative and challenging competition that turns hard work and creativity into nourishment for the less fortunate.

Among the 10 teams entered in the mall event are those from BOCES’ New Visions program and Career and Technical Excellence program. Each team is required to design and build sculptures using canned food items. The teams solicited their own cans of non-perishable foods through fund-raising activities and donations. The 10 structures incorporate more than 17,000 cans of food, while event sponsorships have generated about $15,000.

The structures will stand in the mall for a week, to serve as a reminder of the hunger issues in Broome County. At the conclusion, the cans of food will go to CHOW to help food pantries, soup kitchens and community meal programs. The money raised will go to the Food Bank’s BackPack Program and a new CHOW initiative to help feed children during the summer who don’t have access to school meal programs.

All residents are invited to get involved by casting their votes for their favorite structures in a variety of categories. Click Here to participate.

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