Outdoor classroom at Phoenix School open this fall

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This article was published 15/09/2021 (509 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It’s taken a few years and plenty of work to get to this point, but students and staff at Phoenix School will finally be able to enjoy their outdoor classroom this fall.

The story dates back to 2018, when staff members discussed the idea with the Phoenix Parent Council. That led to the formation of a committee of parents, teachers and a representative from Headingley’s Bright Beginnings Educare, which used space in Phoenix School. The kids at the K to Grade 5 school were also involved with the planning, as staff talked with them about what they would like to see in the space. That feedback was included in a wish list that was included in packages provided to landscape architects.

In September 2019, the committee received a $5,000 grant from Community Futures White Horse Plains

that was used to produce architectural drawings of the space. That helped families and staff see what they were working towards and made it easier to complete other grant applications.

Then, everyone rolled up their sleeves and got to work, with the parent advisory council running hot-lunch fundraisers and the committee applying for grants. They were successful on both fronts, with the Phoenix Parent Council raising more than $10,000 through a host of events.

The committee also received several grants. The Headingley Community Foundation/RM of Headingley secured funds in the amount of $30,000 as part of a Federal Emergency Community Support Fund. The Phoenix Recreation Association contributed $10,000 towards the project, while Beautiful Plains chipped in $5,000.

The St. James-Assiniboia School Division also provided $5,000 to the cause.The St. James-Assiniboia School Division credited the Phoenix Parent Council for their efforts.

 “A special thank you to the Phoenix Parent Council for their vision, fundraising, dedication and participation in school/community partnerships in making this outdoor space a reality,” the division said in a statement.

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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