Project SANDBox: Yard Renewal


We are excited for our major 2019 - 2020 Initiative! 
The Ki
nder Yard is getting a MAJOR facelift! 

Project SANDbox is Hopewell Avenue Public School's school council led initiative to create a natural playground that encourages nature play for 200 kindergarten students and 16 preschoolers. The current play structure is dated and has a compacted sand surface that prevents drainage, creating floods and hazardous icy conditions in the winter. We successfully submitted two grant applications over the summer and received $7,500 from the City of Ottawa an another $10,000 from TD Friends of the Environment Fund. Now that school is back, with your support, we are hoping to ramp up fundraising efforts to create the natural play ground space our children deserve.


If you, or anyone you know, is interested in contributing to our school project by leading, or joining the fundraising committee, to help organize a fundraising event between October 2019 and February 2020, please reach out to us at


Project SANDbox is excited to announce a Trivia Night event!


Come for a grown-ups' night out with trivia superstar Paul Paquet at our local Senate Tavern. Individuals are welcome, or put together a team of 6. Our generous local businesses have donated some amazing prizes and items for a silent auction! 

Tickets are limited - order early so that you can enjoy a fun night out right in our own neighbourhood. All proceeds from the tickets and silent auction will go to Hopewell's kinder yard renewal project. Poster is below and attached. 

What: Trivia Night

When: Wednesday, December 11 from 6-9pm

Where: The Senate Tavern 1159 Bank St

Why: In support of Project SANDbox

Who: Paul Paquet - trivia superstar!

How much?: $25 per person

How: Email your ticket requests to:


The Online Auction is now LIVE! 

onlineAuctionnow and December 15 you can bid on some fantastic items to help raise money for the Yard.

Just click HERE to see the items and learn how to place your bids. (trust us... there are some great items up for grabs... some are tasty, some are relaxing, some are energizing... take a peek)

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated to allow this auction to happen. We appreciate it! 

Have you ever thought, "I know how to make the Kinder Yard 
waaaaaaay better"? If so, you are in luck - now is your chance to share your ideas with people who actually want hear them. 
Since al
most 200 kindergarten students play in the space each day, we want to maximize the space and emphasize all-season play elements. The yard suffers drainage issues that create pools of water which freeze and thaw as temperatures change creating dangerous conditions. We want to ensure your views are counted as we enter the design stage. survey imageWe are asking that parents and guardians, students and staff please provide your feedback on our on-line survey.
If you have questions or want to join our group please contact

Thank you - we appreciate your feedback! 

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