Students at St. Louis School will have a new outdoor learning environment when they return to school in September. The Kenora Catholic District School Board has allocated $240,000 within the Capital Plan to upgrade the existing playground at the school.

"Our students have been involved in the planning and design of the new Outdoor Learning Environment every step of the way,” said St. Louis School principal, Maureen Frankcom.

“We are delighted that the new playground will provide our students with a variety of new, exciting and beautiful play-spaces outside. It will also provide us the opportunity to take the learning outside, so that the students and the teachers can take learning and bring it all together.”

Students, staff and parents from St. Louis School have been involved in the design and planning of the new Outdoor Learning Environment since 2016. The new playground will include: accessible swings, climbing tires, sodded open play areas, a stained-glass shade structure with picnic tables, a sand ship, paths and bridges, a water channel, raised planters, a music wall and an outdoor stage.

“This capital investment is important to the well-being of our students at St. Louis School, and I am pleased to finally see this project get off the ground,” said Phyllis Eikre, Director of Education.

“The new green space will allow for additional physical education programming and will help the educational team extend the physical education curriculum, and experiential learning outside and into nature. I want to thank the students, parents and the school community for all of their input into the design of this new learning space.”

The school community provided a presentation to Trustees at the June 19 board meeting highlighting the architectural drawings and upgrades.

“We are grateful for the learning opportunities this new playground will provide for our students,” added Frankcom. “They have put their minds and hearts into this project right from the start, and we are thankful that this new space will soon become a reality for our school community. Thank you to our students, parents, teachers and the Kenora Catholic District School Board.”

The construction is set for the summer of 2018, and is targeted for completion at the end of August.

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