Students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna held a Canada 150 Celebration to say a special 'thank you' for funds that were recently donated to make improvements to the school yard.
"We want to say a special 'thank you' to Mayor Steve Arnold and St. Clair Township for their generous donation of funds to pay for our buddy rocks," says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School. "These buddy rocks are recognized by our students as a place where students can go when they're feeling sad or lonely; or that they just don't have anybody to play with. That's when other students come along and reach out to them. It's a great way for us to show empathy and friendship to each other at times when we need it most!"
In addition to the buddy rocks, the St. Joseph community was also the recipient of a Canada 150 grant from the Ontario government, which was used to install a basketball court, basketball nets and soccer goal posts. The purpose of the grant was to give students additional opportunities to be active on the yard.
"We are thankful for the efforts of the staff of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board in helping direct these funds to St. Joseph," says Mrs. Cogghe. "Physical literacy is important in our school community and the courts and soccer pitches will give all students more opportunities for active play."
Following the special celebration in the gym, students headed out on to the yard during the season's first snowy day, where they rotated through a series of activities that incorporated physical literacy.
Posing with students in the photo (top left) are special guests who were invited to the celebration. They are (Back Row L-R) Mat Roop, Trustee, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Mayor Steve Arnold, St. Clair Township; Carol Bryden, Trustee, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Father Dan Vere; and Gabe Lacroix, Building Services Supervisor, St. Clair Catholic DSB. In the front row, far right, is Colleen Cogghe, Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School. In the photo (above right) students pose on the buddy rocks, which were funded through a generous grant from St. Clair Township.