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Drummond Central School Outdoor Project
Drummond Central School and Algonquin College Dig into Developing Outdoor Education Space
Posted on 06/05/2019

June 5, 2019 (Perth) - On June 4, Drummond Central School started phase one of its outdoor project, dubbed Planting for the Future. This is a multi-phase initiative that will see the abundance of outdoor area at the school be converted into a rich outdoor learning space for students. 

The school’s staff, students, parents and community partners have a shared vision for this project, which is to provide students at the rural school with not just an outdoor learning space of gardens and pathways, but with the hands-on experience that will come with the development of the space and the legacy it will carry. 

“The development of this project is an excellent opportunity for our students. Getting in there and getting their hands dirty, learning about the flowers, trees and greenery that they are planting and getting an opportunity to be part of a project that will be around for years to come is really a unique opportunity,” said Acting Principal Dan McRae. “We are very thankful to have such dedicated and generous partners and donors for the project.” 

This project is being carried out in conjunction with the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program at Algonquin College Perth Campus and made possible by funding through the college, TD Canada Trust, Perth Rotary Club, and Hay Designs. Outdoor educator and community volunteer Laurie-Lynn Clark was instrumental in the design of the four cardinal directional mandala gardens that were planted in this phase. 

“It was wonderful to see the students from both Drummond and Algonquin College out today and put all the planning into action,” said Jancess Pannock, ECE Program Coordinator/Professor at Algonquin College and leader on this project.

In this first phase, students and volunteers worked on planting a vegetable garden, trees, flowers and other greenery in multiple areas of the school yard. The next phase of the project, which will include creating pathways, will happen over the summer. The third phase of the project will see the creation of a gathering area. This last phase will take place in summer of 2020. Over 300 different plants, trees, and shrubs will be planted at the school as it works its way towards the final vision. 



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Dan McRae
Acting Principal
Drummond Central School

Jancess Pinnock
ECE Program Coordinator/Professor
Algonquin College, Perth Campus
613 267 2859 x 5914

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