New sensory and butterfly garden at Earl Haig

From the school….

On May 28th, 2009, children at Earl Haig Junior P.S. and Earl Haig Community Day
Care Centre will celebrate the opening and unveiling of their new garden and green
space—a hands-on sensory garden and butterfly garden play space for kindergarten and
preschool children at the school.

This playground transformation is part of a TDSB-wide initiative to “green” local
schools in the city. With the guidance and funding from Evergreen
(www.evergreen.ca), the dedication of parents, school, daycare staff, Toronto Master
Gardners group and the TDSB, this project is finally seeing the fruits of it’s labour.
Dedication from the community will continue as maintenance of the garden will be
shared between the children in the kindergarten and day care and interested community
volunteers.


As a certified Gold Eco-School, Earl Haig has been working hard to make the school
environment as green as it can be—inside and now out. As principal Lisa Moser says,
“We are already very proud of our school-wide composting and recycling program and
the many other “green” initiatives we have adopted. The new kindergarten garden helps
us demonstrate our commitment to the environment in a fun and beautiful way.”
Kindergarten parent and garden coordinator Clem Brollo believes strongly that play
spaces should also engage children to learn and explore the natural environment. In
addition to a sensory garden where children will be able to explore a variety of plants
through smell, touch, and sight, the garden has also been designed to attract adult
butterflies. “Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating, so we planned the fence art to
highlight the life-cycle of the butterfly. The fence art also creates the added benefit of
masking the view of the adjacent parking lot and dumpster.”
Earl Haig Public School

The unveiling of the new garden including newly installed fence art will run from
approximately 3:00-4:00pm on May 28th, 2009 at the east end of the school yard. Earl
Haig is located at 15 Earl Haig Avenue, south of the Danforth and on the east side of
Coxwell Avenue. Local community members and media are invited to attend the event
and sample a little Earl Haig green energy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ms. Lisa Moser – Principal
phone: 416.393.1640

Earl Haig Public School
15 Earl Haig Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4C 1E2 Tel: (416) 393-1640 Fax: (416) 393-1643

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