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École Marie-Curie…

…is a small school in Ottawa (close to my ‘hood) that desperately needs a new playground. Well, any playground for that matter, cuz right now it ain’t got nuthin’ except for an small aging play structure, a sandbox and asphalt… lots of asphalt.

No trees. No shade of any kind, in fact.

When I think that the playground at my school – a zillion years back – had way more equipment, trees, shade, places to sit than this school has, I am gob-smacked! That was in the Middle Ages, people!

But hey, don’t take MY word for it!, here’s a screen shot of the school. The play area is to the left and yup, lots of asphalt, eh?

But what École Marie-Curie DOES have is a very concerned, active and motivated school Council and they have launched a drive to fund a new playground through the AVIVA Community Project funding competition. There are a number of rounds of public voting and the top 10 from each round go onto the next until winners are chosen – by votes – in each of the project categories (large, medium, small).

All you have to do is register and vote each day for the project. Everyone can vote once in a 24 hour period and we are now at day 4 of the 2 week-long round.

Here is the link.

Yes, you give them your email, but I registered during last year’s campaign and didn’t receive a single soliciting email… so they don’t spam you!

Please consider doing this. School Boards don’t fund these things anymore. Fundraising by parents and the help of generous corps like AVIVA are the ONLY ways to pay for what the kids need.


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  1. Cynthia says:

    I thought you might like to look at the progress that we have made in the last two years… We’ve built an Edible Garden Project for the kindergarten kids (May 2013) and an Outdoor Classroom Project (<May 2014) and next fall we'll be building a small playstructure for the little kids too…

    For my leadership I have been nominated as "Mom of the Year" – and if I win, they will give Marie-Curie a $10,000 prize to continue these school yard improvments! Can you help give us a boost and share with your friends? Voting is from June 11- July 4th, one person, on vote.

    Thank you for your support when we tried at AVIVA. We didn't make it, but I never give up…And with the entire school and neighbourhood working together we've made your old school a much nicer place to learn and play!

    Thank you! Merci!!

    1. trashee says:

      Yes, and congrats! We are spreading the news on our FB page and elsewhere through our parent community. Best of luck!!!

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