Connaught Public School Playground

Connaught Public School Playground

Organizer: Karen Wittwer

Type Of Group: Education and Research

Location: Ottawa, ON




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The Group's Purpose

Kindergarten students at Connaught Public School are about to lose their play structure.

Students in grades one to six play in a yard that is dominated by dust and concrete, and nearly devoid of trees.

Please help us save our children’s schoolyard.

The Connaught School Council is working to raise $180,000 to renew, revitalize and green the schoolyard at Connaught. We want to make the school yard a place where young minds and bodies can grow, where creativity will blossom and where memories take root.

Currently the main schoolyard at Connaught is more brown than green. Almost 80% of our tree canopy has been lost due to encroaching development and the playing field has virtually no grass. Our school population has almost doubled recently with more young families and children living in our neighbourhood and using our yard every day.

An Urgent Need
The play structure in the kindergarten yard is at the end of its 25-year life span. The school board does not replace play structures. WE NEED to raise the funds or it will simply be removed.

How to Help

Our First Success
In summer 2016, we built a new outdoor classroom in the kindergarten play yard our — the first step in the schoolyard renewal — with funding contributions from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). This is just the beginning.

The Next Steps
Over the next two years, we need to raise enough funds to:
• replace the kindergarten play structure and add accessible surfacing (in summer 2017)
• bring an outdoor classroom to the grade 1 to 6 play yard
• plant new shade trees
• create sports and activities areas
• make other enhancements to create a yard that is green, fun and accessible.

A Great School in a Vibrant, Growing Community
Great schools like Connaught Public School are part of what make our community one of the best places to live and do business in Ottawa. Great schools deserve great schoolyards where all children can be active, play safely and be inspired by the world around them.

Your donation will help renew and revitalize Connaught schoolyard.
Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.

About the Organizers

Visit www.connaughtschoolyardrenewal.ca or email info@connaughtschoolyardrenewal.ca for more information about the project.