Why a PJ Outdoor Learning & Community Park?
To create a multi-use outdoor environment with a flagship design for educational innovation at École Pauline Johnson. The current playground and surroundings are being redesigned to include a performance amphitheatre, an outdoor classroom, biodiversity rain garden, community gardens, a new Kindergarten area, a bird sanctuary and a new sand pit. Many aspects of the PJ Community Park have been designed with the community in mind.
Research shows the benefits of outdoor learning and play overwhelming assist in the following areas: increased focus and attention span, reduced stress and absenteeism for both child and teacher, increased motor skills, social skills, reduced bullying, reduced obesity and increased hands on learning.
What We've Achieved
April 7, 2016 - Whole Foods Market West Vancouver donates 5% of store sales to the Park for Community Day.
March 7, 2016 - We are the recipients of the Whole Kids Foundation Grant for $2,000!
December 2015 - We have a Project Manager on board.
November, 2015 - Our first round of fundraising kicks off. A parent donor offers to match all donations up to $10,000.
October 1, 2015 - Whole Foods Market West Vancouver donates all proceeds from the Taste of Thanksgiving to the PJ Community Park.
June 5, 2015 - The first stage of our design was rolled out with 10 beautiful, cedar garden beds, designed and built by PJ parents.
March 6, 2015 - We are thrilled to be the recipients of the grant from the West Vancouver Community Foundation. Thank you!
February 24, 2015 - Our Committee Chairs & our Principal gave a walking tour to SD45 Superintendent Chris Kennedy and Director of Instruction, Sean Nosek.
June 4, 2014 - You can now see a view into our new playground! Come and check out the printed version of the plans on the PAC bulletin board just as you enter the school.
September 16, 2014 - Our new swings were installed in August; ready to welcome the kids back to school! We have many exciting plans for 2014/15 school year. Stay tuned for more news
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