Boston native and TV host Tommy MacDonald visits Josiah Quincy Elementary School

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.

Tommy MacDonald, host of PBS show “Rough Cut,” grins with Josiah Quincy Elementary School K2 students in Denis Kelly and Pam Sullivan’s class. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Tommy MacDonald, host of PBS show “Rough Cut,” grins with Josiah Quincy Elementary School K2 students in Denis Kelly and Pam Sullivan’s class. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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 (front center) visits Josiah Quincy fourth graders in Phil Amara’s (right) class. At left is assistant principal Michael McCarthy and second to the right is Crystal Oldham, executive director of the Hardwood Forest Foundation. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

MacDonald (front center) visits Josiah Quincy fourth graders in Phil Amara’s (right) class. At left is assistant principal Michael McCarthy and second to the right is Crystal Oldham, executive director of the Hardwood Forest Foundation. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

MacDonald answers a question from a fourth grader at Josiah Quincy Elementary School. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

MacDonald answers a question from a fourth grader at Josiah Quincy Elementary School. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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