Lord Kelvin PAC calls for #lessgraymoregreen on school grounds

The schoolyard at Lord Kelvin Community School is gray. Really gray. The teachers are sick of it, the kids are sick of it, and the PAC wants to do something about it. It’s time for #lessgraymoregreen. New West’s inner city schoolyard needs a facelift. Our students deserve more green during the 30+ hours they spendRead More

The schoolyard at Lord Kelvin Community School is gray. Really gray. The teachers are sick of it, the kids are sick of it, and the PAC wants to do something about it. It’s time for #lessgraymoregreen.

New West’s inner city schoolyard needs a facelift. Our students deserve more green during the 30+ hours they spend at school each week. They show up at school and they’re greeted with this:

 

The gravel field at Lord Kelvin school. Photo: Natalie Lawy.
The gravel field at Lord Kelvin school. Photo: Roger Hur www.mandmphotographie.com

It’s not good enough.

The Kelvin School Greening Project is a two-year plan set to begin in September 2015. Our goals for this project are:

  • To increase the students’ contact with nature, to promote physical and mental well-being.
  • To increase the types of play available to the children by providing new elements to jump on, climb over, hide behind, and who knows what else!
  • To create new spaces for socializing.
  • To create an outdoor learning space our teachers can use with their classes.
  • To create new spaces that neighbourhood kids can use outside school hours.
Trees at Lord Kelvin
Kids at Lord Kelvin currently congregate in tiny shade patches under a few slim young trees. The PAC wants to create a little enclave of greenery under each tree with quick-growing shrubs and nestle some simple seating into the plants. Photo: Roger Hur www.mandmphotographie.com

Together, the school community has come up with a plan to create natural spaces. Here’s what we plan to do:

  • Create a simple, open-air Gathering Space with a green wall to provide shade, privacy from the street, and cleaner air. The Gathering Space will do double duty as an outdoor classroom and be full of natural elements like tree stump seats and native plants.
  • Creating Shady Seating next to our sports field. Kids currently congregate in tiny shade patches under a few slim young trees. We want to create a little enclave of greenery under each tree with quick-growing shrubs and nestle some simple seating into the plants.
  • Reclaim the concrete Inner Courtyard. This space is heavily used by our youngest students and it could stand to be a little … softer. We want to add some nice big planters with trees and shrubs, cute wooden benches, and a colourful mural.
Lord Kelvin Elementary inner courtyard
Lord Kelvin Community School’s Inner Courtyard. The PAC wants to add some nice big planters with trees and shrubs, cute wooden benches, and a colourful mural. Photo: Roger Hur www.mandmphotographie.com

The biggest hurdle we face at this point is funding. And happily, you can help! You can shop our Mabel’s Labels fundraiser to order labels for your kids’ clothes, camp gear, lunch containers and school supplies. (We picked them because we like them ourselves, and they really work!) They ship straight to your door. If you access the site through our link, our PAC will receive 20% of your purchase. Easy peasy!

You can also watch for our bulb sale in the fall. The more bulbs we sell, the more bulbs we’ll plant! And if you’re dividing low maintenance plants like ferns this fall, please let us know. You can reach the PAC through the Chairperson, Natalie Lawy.

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