By Ling-Mei Wong
Dorchester native and TV host Tommy MacDonald or “Tommy Mac” gave a presentation at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School on Oct. 16. MacDonald stars in “Rough Cut,” a WGBH show about woodworking.
Fourth graders in Phil Amara’s class and K2 students of Denis Kelly and Pam Sullivan learned about everyday items that came from trees and proper forestry techniques.
“Forestry in the United States replants every tree that gets cut down,” MacDonald said. “We don’t waste trees, we use every part of the tree.”
MacDonald started making YouTube videos and landed his own TV show, which is now in its fourth season. He encouraged the students to pursue their dreams. “You guys are so young, you can do anything,” he said.
The fourth graders will practice persuasive writing and incorporate the forestry vocabulary for a science lesson later, Amara said.
Each student received a T-shirt, ruler and box of pencils after the presentation.