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Article and photos by Jared Story
Sargent Park School students can now be
nurtured in nature.
On May 29, Sargent Park officially opened
its new outdoor learning space. Located in the nursery to Grade 9 school’s courtyard,
the outdoor classroom is a project many years in the making.
“About 20 years ago some staff members here
decided it would be really cool to get this going. They had what we call a
vision or a dream,” said Sargent Park principal Luba Krosney in her speech to
students and staff.
“Over the last four-and-a-half years we’ve
been writing grants, fundraising and working with you (the students) when you
go out and help fundraise. All of that money got funnelled and helped build the
classroom you now see in front of you.”
The outdoor learning space – which includes
a variety of plants, a sandbox, patio furniture and many places for sitting and
learning – is the vision of Sargent Park’s education for sustainable
In addition to monies raised by Sargent Park’s
student council and parent-teacher association, funding for the project came
from Winnipeg School Division, Manitoba Education and Training, Walmart Canada,
Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Winnipeg Police Service and a community
incentive grant from Daniel McIntyre Coun. Cindy Gilroy. Rona provided the
“All the literature we’ve read talks about
outdoor spaces helping students with self-regulation, with anxiety, a
de-stressing and calming place,” Krosney said.
“We have an Indigenous Youth Leadership
group that can smudge out here as well. It can be an alternative learning space
or just an opportunity to interact with nature. It’s a multi-use space, but
it’s all about wellness and helping students achieve wellness and reconnect
with their environment.”
Photo caption: Adults,
left to right: Vera Big George (vice-principal), Tiffany Perrault (teacher/ESD
committee), Sandra Magalhaes (teacher/ESD committee), Sue MacFarlane Penner
(teacher/ESD committee), Cathy Collins (WSD trustee), Luba Krosney
(principal/ESD committee), Lilja Tonnellier (PTA chair), Horacio Medeiros (PTA
member), Lucy Farias (teacher/ESD committee), Balwinder Anwidh (head
custodian), Dino DiFabrizio (vice-principal), Caroline Boyd (teacher/ESD
committee). Students, left to
right: Maria Fabros, Grade 9, Inigo Lao, Grade 9, Arthur Bautista, Grade 9,
Elenore Freitas, Grade 1.