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

Thank you to everyone who came out for Trivia Night! 

Everyone had an amazing time testing their trivia skills at Trivia Night - Paul Paquet was a fantastic host and Live 88.5's Dave Schellenberg kept the night moving along as the perfect MC. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the silent auction. Between ticket sales and the silent auction, the team raised $3000! 

A special huge thank you goes to Fran Morrison and her team who organized the night - so much work went into each aspect of the night and the event wouldn't have been so successful without their hours of dedicated work. 

Thank you to everyone who bid on the fantastic on-line auction prizes! And of course, thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated to allow the on-line auction to happen.

The auction raised $1000!! Amazing!  

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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