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September 22, 2018

BOCES student project passes the taste test


Students enrolled in the Oswego County BOCES Project Explore program recently concluded a 10-week tree-tapping venture that generated more than 1,000 gallons of maple syrup.

Sam Hollis, a Fulton student in the Oswego County BOCES Project Explore program, takes a bite of a pancake covered in maple syrup during a recent pancake breakfast. The breakfast was the culmination of a 10-week tree-tapping project and offered students the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Sam Hollis, a Fulton student in the Oswego County BOCES Project Explore program, takes a bite of a pancake covered in maple syrup during a recent pancake breakfast. The breakfast was the culmination of a 10-week tree-tapping project and offered students the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The project was spearheaded by teacher KC Jones and walked students through the entire syrup-making process – from finding suitable trees for tapping to bottling the finished product.

The learning experience proved to be a sweet one for the students, who enjoyed the fruits of their labor during a pancake breakfast in mid-April.

“I was so surprised at how good it tasted,” said student Sam Hollis (Fulton) as he took a bite of a pancake saturated with maple syrup. “We worked on this for a while and it came out really good.”

According to Jones, Project Explore students will receive a bottle of maple syrup and additional bottles will be available for faculty and staff to purchase on campus.

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