Scrap metal from the Muskrat Falls construction site was donated to the Innu school in Sheshatshiu on Friday to help students with fundraising efforts.
Discarded metal from the site may seem like junk, but contractors Pardy's Waste Removal and IKC-ONE saw the value of the material and decided to donate it, with the proceeds going to the school.
David Kieser, with Pardy's Waste Removal, said he was impressed when his boss made the suggestion.
"We usually think of businesses as the ones who take the money and run. But in this particular case, here's a company that's trying to do its best — not to take the money and run, but recycle for the region as well as give back to a community," he said.
Kieser, whose daughter attends the school in Sheshatshiu, said helping the Innu community is important to the company.
"Sheshatshiu is one of the key communities that put this job [Muskrat Falls] together — that really helped," he said. "Without their permission, so to speak, this — Muskrat Falls — wouldn't have gone ahead."
About $5,400 was presented to the school on Friday. The money will be used to help start a breakfast program for students.
According to Tana Kayler, the Grade 7 teacher at the school, the program is much-needed.
"The lack of the breakfast program was really bothering a lot of the teachers on staff. A lot of us wanted to come together and have something for the kids to make sure that they all had something in their bellies," she said.
"Because it's like a car — if you've got no gas in the car, you aren’t going nowhere in the car, right? So it's the same thing with no food in your stomach — you're not going to function."
The school was thanking the donors on Friday. But according to Kieser, it’s a gesture to recognize and thank the Innu community for supporting the Muskrat Falls project.
"It's a small thank you, but I think whenever you get to involve young children, I think it's a really small, but very meaningful thank you," he said.