Connaught’s oasis in the concrete jungle

By Charlie Senack, Kitchessippi Times, June 13, 2019

Connaught Public School, located at 1149 Gladstone Ave., is surrounded by a concrete jungle of high rise condos but in the middle of it all sits an urban oasis — a place where students can learn, play and grow.

As a part of Connaught’s schoolyard renewal campaign, the parent council wanted to find ways to revitalize a small section of land tucked in the corner of the schoolyard.

“We had to utilize every single square inch that we had and we had to figure out how we would make this space into something the kids would be able to use,” says Kerry Barnes, a parent on the school’s council championed the schoolyard renewal project.

At the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year, the parent council asked the teachers for their input on how the space should be used and then started to get to work. Parent volunteers crafted and installed log benches, purchased new picnic tables, and covered the ground in clover.

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