Greenport technology students spent the last few months crafting 20 handmade flower boxes to be installed in Mitchell Park, the first of which was unveiled during a ceremony this morning.
The dozen students who worked on the boxes were recognized for their hard work in a brief declaration by Mayor George Hubbard.
“This is beautiful work, and we appreciate it very much,” Hubbard said.
The boxes were created in sets of ten and only took about two months to complete, said Greenport technology teacher Michael Davies. Each box had about five students working on it at a time, in between their other class projects.
“It was a little overwhelming, at first,” Davies said. “There are almost thirty panels to each box, so it seemed like a lot at first. But the students took it on and got it done.”
The boxes were laser-engraved in the school’s high-tech 3D printing lab, which houses two engravers. It took about eleven minutes to engrave the panels, which now bear the Village’s insignia and the words “Proudly Crafted by Greenport High School Technology Department.”
The boxes were made of mahogany wood that was donated by the Village of Greenport.
“We were able to use the extra funds from last summer’s Tall Ships Festival,” Hubbard said.
“It was a great use of the money — to give back to the community that helped us raise it all in the first place.”