New outdoor features this year at Holy Name

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School kicked off the school year with a new outdoor classroom and play space thanks to a true community effort.

After receiving a grant from the Stratford Perth Community Foundation through the Annie and Isabelle Chesterfield Fund, the school was able to begin Phase One of its project. This included an outdoor activity track for bikes, trikes, and scooters, an outdoor chalkboard and log seating area, a log-border sandpit, and an elaborate mud kitchen.

Holy Name CSAC also contributed a large portion of funds raised over the past school year towards our project. In addition, many community members, businesses, and families donated time, services, and/or items to help the project come together.

The school thanks Ken and Trevor from McLean Taylor, who offered time and services to dig out the sandpit. The Brinke family and McCann provided sand. The McCotter family donated and built the log border for the sand pit. Fraser Paving created the amazing outdoor activity track.

Julie Otten, after receiving donations of wood and stain from Ben-sheds, donated her time to build an elaborate mud-kitchen along with help from her daughters Jayla and Elise.

Mark Muir built a beautiful wood border for our chalkboard and mounted it safely for classes to use. The Frayne family donated the stumps for our seating area.

In the future, the school hopes to include a shed to store its outdoor learning materials and toys, a hill slide, more outdoor gardens and a “gaga ball” pit.

A Family Fun Dance at Prospect Hill campground was held Sept. 22 to raise funds for this project.

The school extends a big thanks to the wonderful community for making its vision come together!

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