Hurley School expands syrup program


March 20, 2021

Submitted photo Hurley K-12 School sophomores Rudy Sokol and Jace Kutz "tap" a maple tree on Monday on private land in Hurley. The tap allows sap to drain through a tube along with around 200 other taps to a storage tank for later processing at the school's "Sugar Shack," in the parking lot.

HURLEY - Hurley K-12 School students have made maple syrup for years, but funding now makes it possible to expand into a larger and more comprehensive learning experience.

High school science students and the Northwoods Manufacturing program are involved in establishing a tap system for 200 trees using gravity to move sap through tubes to storage tanks to be transported and processed, said Troy Puisto, science teacher. It's the "ground floor" of a something that is expected to continue annually.

"We are getting kids involved with the science part of it and the entire operation," Puisto sa...

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