St. John Chrysostom breaks ground for a greener school

On June 6th, students, staff, friends and special guests of St John Chrysostom CES in Newmarket joined together to celebrate a special green initiative, the “De-Paving & Naturalization” of the school’s Kindergarten space.

All in attendance worked together to achieve the school’s globally-focused objective of becoming a more environmentally-responsible facility and mindful student community.

Along with the removal of the existing paved area, the day’s program included crafts and activities for students, along with speeches by Board and municipal dignitaries, and special guests from Windfall Ecology.

Featured also was a native species gardening project, with the younger students planting a variety of Ontario’s hardy greenery and flowers throughout the space.

The new Kindergarten area has been re-imagined with soft surface, ‘breathable’ materials that include mulch, shade trees, shrubbery, and also updated equipment in the play area.

All at St. John Chrysostom wish to thank Trustee Theresa McNicol; Superintendent of Education, Tina D’Acunto; Mayor John Taylor, Deputy Mayor Tom Vegh and Councillor Kelly Broome for attending.

Sincere thanks to all at Windfall Ecology, Kent Shadwick, Robert Cram, the school’s Catholic School Council and Eco Team!.