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CVR will use grant money on its outdoor learning project

Rachel Patenaude

Chateauguay Valley Regional High School was one of 423 institutions to win a grant through the Desjardins Foundation. This foundation gives out prizes of up to $3,000 to driven school and community workers as financial assistance to run projects with kindergarten, elementary or high school students.

CVR plans on using this $3,000 to implement a project called Open Air Learning. Two groups of Secondary 2 students, under the guidance and leadership of their teachers Ms. Beaulieu and Ms. Hardy, devised outdoor spaces that could be used as classrooms. With the support of architect Emmanuelle Nieuwenhof, permanent outdoor classroom structures were designed.

The project is still in its early phase, but the hope is that this initiative will make it possible to provide students a high school experience they have been missing out on.

“Although we do not have much control over the impacts and ramifications of the pandemic, we have been looking at ways to enhance our students’ high school experience despite the many constraints put upon us,” says Brigitte Barrette, principal at CVR.

This project has been made possible by not only Desjardins, but with the support and engagement of various stakeholders. “We’re fortunate and thankful to have local partners who take to heart our youth’s well-being,” says Barrette. “We are [also] delighted for the support recently received from the Desjardins Foundation, as it brings us closer to our goal.”

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