Glen Street Public School staff, students and community celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Library Learning Commons and Friendship and Kindness garden on October 18th.
Together, students and staff worked collaboratively with Durham District School Board (DDSB) Facilities Services and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to design the outdoor learning space that has become an extension of the school's indoor Learning Commons.
Canadian authors, Ted Staunton and Richard Scrimger attended the special event and read to students and those in attendance as part of the opening ceremonies.
Students and Community Help Celebrate Kindness Garden
As a school with a high First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) population, the All My Nations Drumming Group was also invited to join the celebration and bless the new space.
"We were able to learn about all the details it takes to create a garden like ours," said Grade 4 student Jaxon. "We surveyed the land, drew sketches, and used CAD technology tools to design the garden layout, estimate, measure and research plants. We problem solved with each other to bring our Garden Project to life."
Grade 4 student Jansen, who also attended the opening and was very involved in the planning of the Kindness Garden and Learning Commons was happy to see things finally take shape. "We are very excited that all grades and our community can enjoy our Kindness Garden and Learning Commons," said Jansen.
Glen Street PS Teacher-Librarian, Tracy Rea, who has also been a part of the project since its inception, was pleased to see the students' work come to life. "The students worked from November 2016 to June 2017 planning, designing and collaborating on their new outdoor learning space. The students loved working on this project with UOIT, and the DDSB Facilities Services Department to create a new learning space for all students," said Rea.
Students and family members came to the school regularly over the summer to water and take care of the Kindness Garden to make sure all students could enjoy the new space for the new school year.