The Perfect Gift...J.A. Laird Elementary's Outdoor Learning Space!
From now until December 20, Recognition Certificates will be issued for all donations to our Outdoor Learning Space. Everyone who contributes $100 or more will have a personalized paver recognizing them in the Outdoor Learning Space!
Make Your Donation Now!
J.A. Laird Elementary School, and our Parent Advisory Council (PAC), are working collaboratively with the Shuswap Indian Band and the Akisqnuk First Nation to develop an accessible Outdoor Learning Space. This project will be located on school grounds to allow access for all learners regardless of mobility requirements, and will be readily available for both planned and spontaneous learning opportunities.
We have raised over 85% of the required funds for this project from grants and the generous donations of the following sponsors:
- The Panorama Foundation ($50,000)
- J.A. Laird PAC ($5,800)
- Kootenay Savings Community Foundation ($3,500)
- Imagine Invermere ($5,000)
- Shuswap First Nation ($4000 in-kind)
- TD Friends of the Environment Foundation ($3,000)
- Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program ($11,000)
- Columbia Basin Trust Community Development ($25,000)
- Columbia Valley Community Foundation ($5,000)
- RDEK Grant-in-Aid ($750)
- Invermere Healthcare Auxiliary ($10,000)
- District of Invermere Grant-in-Aid ($1750)
- Canadian Tire ($5,000 in-kind)
- Hybrid Landscapes
- Certainteed ($300)
This Outdoor Learning Space will give all of our students the opportunity to experience outdoor and community based learning, keeping the First Nations cultures at the centre of the space. It will incorporate local First Nation content through native medicinal plants, multicultural signage and a culturally relevant Gathering Place where learners can congregate. An educational kiosk, offering further information about the history of the Shuswap and Ktunaxa Nation, will complete the learning space.