Community school envisions a peace garden
Beachcombers Community School, a lovely parent-driven school in Fanny Bay south of Courtenay, has just been shortlisted for a $20,000 outdoor classroom grant.
“We are very excited to be one of a handful of schools to be chosen across Canada, and the only school in B.C.,” said principal Wendy Preston.
Beachcombers School’s vision is to build a “peace garden” that will include an outdoor garden and science classroom, including a composting centre.
They are also hoping to install a stone circle that will function as an outdoor teaching area and place for classroom community meetings.
The final grant winner is chosen through online voting. Beachcombers needs your vote.
As a small school with small class sizes and small overall student numbers, the school is at a disadvantage.
To win the grant, the school will need community support.
“We are up against schools with 10 times our student population,” said Preston.
“We need every vote.”
Beachcombers School offers a gentle learning environment, Montessori-inspired academics and environmental stewardship, including coastal studies.
“We are grateful for all the community support we have received,” said Preston. “We truly are the ‘Little School that Could!’ ”
To vote, visit the Beachcombers Community School website at http://www.beachcombersschool.ca/vote.html