K to A: Kitchener Community School Playground Revitalization Project
Teachers, administrators, students, and community members worked to revitalize the senior side of the school playground at Kitchener Community School. The area was not being utilized due to it consisting of a “field full of weeds” with very little to do there during recess or before / after school. This left students sitting or standing around “instead of engaging in movement and learning through play”. The goal of the project was to increase student movement and learning, as well as increase family and community engagement, by providing a high-quality and culturally relevant outdoor playground and learning space. With the additional donation of an old play structure from another school, the grantees were able to pair their new cement pad with the structure to create a Circle of Courage outdoor classroom as well. There has since been an increase in use of the area by students as well as families and community members.