Pouring Positivity: Grand Opening of Kenollie Public School Rain Garden

May 19, 2016 –Students, staff and dignitaries gathered yesterday at Kenollie Public School in Mississauga to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new rain garden. Hosted by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Kenollie Public School, the event hailed environmental learning opportunities for students and the community.

The school’s rain garden is part of an outdoor classroom. Students learn how rain gardens collect rainwater from hard surfaces, including roofs and pavement, and filter out pollutants so cleaner water infiltrates into the ground or flows into waterways. The Kenollie Public School rain garden will clean rainwater before it enters Kenollie Creek, a tributary of the Credit River.

“Kenollie has always been on the cutting edge of improving the community and the environment in which children grow up,” said Jim Tovey, Ward 1 Councillor for Mississauga. “Today we celebrate completion of this project and the tremendous efforts over the last two years. Public education depends on partnerships. This rain garden is a living example.”

Kenollie Public School and CVC are grateful for the generosity of project sponsors. Thanks to Climate Change Adaption Fund (CCAP), RBC Blue Water Project, Port Credit Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, Toyota Evergreen Greening School Grounds, Tree Canada and Northbridge Financial, Kenollie students have the opportunity to grow their understanding of building community resilience – an important part of climate change.

“Our Grade 6 students were interested in building a rain garden because they were concerned about shrinking monarch butterfly populations. Through this vision we’ve developed a unique relationship with CVC resulting in the most beautiful rain garden,” said Jennifer El Refaie, Principal of Kenollie Public School. “The rain garden has created educational opportunities for the students, such as how rain is stored in the ground. They’re learning about plant species, attracting insects, and taking responsibility for caring for the garden.”

The students also put their own artistic flair into the garden. They collected recycled materials and created sculptures of local wildlife. A striking feature is a dragon made out of bottle caps. The students proudly incorporated their school mascot into their garden.

Kenollie Public School is very proud to set an example for others. The garden is a community demonstration site showcasing what people can do to improve water quality and decrease flooding on their properties. Locals are encouraged to stop by the school to see the rain garden and the recycled art project.

Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Mississauga Freedom Pass

Are you 12 – 14 years old? Would you like to travel on MiWay for free this summer? How about free public swimming at both indoor and outdoor pools? Then you need a Freedom Pass!

Your Freedom Pass allows you to ride for free on MiWay within Mississauga and free participation in public swims at City operated pools from July 1 to August 31, 2016. All you have to do is click here or go to any City of Mississauga community centre to complete an application form, then submit your completed form in person at your local community center (along with one piece of identification) and have your photo taken to create your personalized pass.

Quantities are limited, so get yours starting May 1, 2016.

Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) Public Meeting Notice

The Peel District School Board invites families and members of the public to attend the first public meeting for the Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) for Gordon Graydon Memorial, Glenforest, Lorne Park, TL Kennedy and The Woodlands secondary schools.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 7 to 9 p.m. Port Credit Secondary School 70 Mineola Rd. E., Mississauga

RSVP online at www.peelschools.org/PAR

Attendees will be able to ask questions and learn more about:

• the recommendations from the board’s Initial Staff Report

• school information profiles

• the work of the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC)

The Initial Staff Report recommends:

• closing Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School and relocating the International Business and Technology, Vocational, Graphic and Design Management, and Autism Spectrum Disorder programs to Glenforest, and TL Kennedy secondary schools

• relocating the Enhanced Learning Program from Glenforest to Lorne Park and The Woodlands secondary schools

• the Gordon Graydon site and building be repurposed as the new location for the board’s Continuing and Adult Education Mississauga Campus

It’s important to note that these recommendations are just that—no  firm decisions have been made.

For more information, including the Initial Staff Report, important dates, school information profiles and frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.peelschools.org/PAR

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Questions and feedback may be sent via email to PAR@peelsb.com