The outdoor classroom committee at Central School would like to thank the community of Swift Current and the Southwest for your tremendous support in helping us win the Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition. As our committee has reflected on the past couple of months we are so grateful for the support of so many people. We had five businesses who displayed our sandwich board signs: Home Hardware, Pharmasave, The Public Library, Barkers Jewellery and the Southside Co-op. Our local media did a phenomenal job covering our progress in the competition: Golden West Radio, Southwest TV News, The Booster and the Prairie Post. Our school families and public displayed signs at work and at home, accompanied students on the neighbourhood blitzes, and emailed family and friends to get more votes. As a school it was a great feeling to have the community support behind us.
Work is continuing on our outdoor classroom and with our victory has taken on an increased pace. The grade 11 construction class at Swift Current Comprehensive High School are in the process of building the gazebo. Prairie Land Construction has built the walking paths and top soil and manure have been brought in to prepare the planting areas. The Grade 4 and 5 students helped to transport the top soil and levelled off the planting areas. Thanks to: Hansen's Backhoe Services - for hauling away the trees and dirt from the work bee in April, Robertson Rentals – for the use of the bobcat to dig up the manure, Sherry and Verlin Voth and Chad Salter for the manure and top soil, and Monticello Graphics for the banners on our fence as well as the banners for vehicles. Also a big thanks to all the staff and parents who have helped out with the different work bees and promotions.
A special thanks to Chad Salter, Silverline Construction and Melhoff Electric for their contributions towards our classroom. Melhoff Elelctric has upgraded our lights on the outside of the building to deter vandalism of our classroom and Silverline Construction has contributed financially as well as donated their expertise to guide our plan. Without all of these supports this worthwhile project would not have had the momentum it did.
This past Friday, we had a special assembly where we connected with the school from Sussex New Brunswick – the community we competed against, through Skype where they congratulated us on our victory and we thanked them for a great competition. It was an emotional event that was a wonderful example of good sportsmanship for both groups of students. While the competition was a lot of hard work, the benefits that we have gained through the support of the community and the relationships with others has been more than we could have asked for. Thanks again!
Bryan Braun - Principal, Central Elementary School