Poirier playground phase II construction underway

École Poirier's playground construction project went through its first phase, now it begins the next one.

Poirier playground phase one under construction.

This year, École Poirier, along with our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) decided to dedicate our fundraising efforts to the improvement of our school’s playground.

Our school population has grown to over 430 students and our current playground is no longer large enough to accommodate all our students.

We also have students with physical challenges at our school and currently they are unable to access any of our playground equipment.

We are very fortunate that we have a small forested area where the students love to play.

Our goal is to expand this natural play area with the addition of a nature playground.

We have a three phase plan drawn up and we recently completed phase one.  We are now working towards making phase two a reality.

The natural play areas have become more popular in the recent years as we are working towards building a stronger connection between nature and our children.

The benefits of connecting to nature are being studied and well documented; several studies are showing that when children play in nature daily their social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted.

This is the kind of positive impact we want for the children at Poirier Elementary.

We are looking to create a space that can include sensory paths, balance logs, tunnels, benches, platforms, climbing stones, wiggle bridges, a slide, sand boxes and forts.  Our goal is to create a natural space that has features that all of our students can enjoy and where nobody feels limited.

The Poirier Parent Advisory Council has committed a base of $8,000.00 towards the $18,000.00 project and we are hoping to raise the rest of the funds through grants, community donations and continued fundraising at the school level.

We are looking to you for a donation to help make phase two a reality.  We hope you will consider giving to this natural and green project of ours that will continue to promote the growth and educational abilities of our students for years to come.

If you would like more information and would like to be involved in this project or make a donation, please contact Stephanie Poirier Elementary Principal Hedley-Smith  via e-mail at: ssmith@sd62.bc.ca or by directly calling the school.

Andrew Heath, Poirier Nature Playground Committee

 

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