Fernie kids learn about mining

Students at Isabella Dicken Elementary School got a real taste of what life is like in the coal mines.

Students at Isabella Dicken Elementary School got a real taste of what life is like in the coal mines when they stepped into the underground mine set up in their gym during Mining Week.

Sponsored by Teck, Bellevue Underground Mine presented to the students, allowing them to learn about the history of

coal mining in the Elk Valley in the early 1900s.

“Students donned hard hats and used miners’ lights to enter into the inky darkness of a coal tunnel while searching for their ‘boss,’ Diane Peterson, who informed them of the jobs, equipment and dangers that they would face during their workday underground,” said Principal Dawn Voysey.