A playground build, the urban equivalence to a barn rising, was built October 2013 at G.W. Skene School. This rebuild will be a collaborative effort thanks to the KaBOOM! Organization (KaBOOM!), The Foresters Group, and the Calgary Learning Village Collaborative. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Granting has been provided by EducationMatters to help with the rebuild.
Teachers at G.W. Skene School have been able to take advantage of the rebuild by including the process in their curriculum. Using the playground design day, teachers were able to create real world relationships on the use of math and measurements. Students also developed their persuasive writing skills and techniques. Letters were written to KaBOOM!, explaining why the school would be a deserving recipient of a playground.
Now completed, this playground provides students of G.W. Skene School a safe place to play and grow during the school day. The playground is also a great place for the Community of Penbrooke to meet and bring their children outside of school hours. The rebuild will enhance the lives of students and members within the community for future generations.