Working together on a vision for the future

You may have spotted members of the Grounded in Play Committee at Churchill’s recent family movie night. We were there to launch the Schoolyard Rejuvenation Project, and to give parents and teachers their first opportunity to see what we’re up to. As the kids enjoyed their movie, snacking on home-baked treats, pizza and popcorn, we were happy to chat with some of you about our ideas – and, more importantly, hear from you about yours.

GIP Project Wall

If you stopped by the booth, you likely noticed that we are keen to collect your thoughts and feelings about the existing playground, as well as your hopes for its future. We’re currently in the “visioning phase” of the project, which means we are gathering ideas and trying to get a sense of people’s priorities when it comes to the evolution of the outdoor play area our kids use every day.

happy-boyThanks to all those who took the time to chat with us or who provided a nugget of input via a sticky note. If you didn’t get a chance, there is still time to fill out our online survey here. If you’re interested in learning more, you can also stop by the Grounded in Play wall around the corner from the front desk at Churchill. There, you’ll find an overview of the project and some of the early input that has been gathered from students – who themselves are an invaluable source of data for the visioning phase.

Looking ahead, Committee members are eager to dig in to your ideas as we begin to develop a collective plan for the future of the Churchill  playground – one that the entire community will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Grounded in Play launches today!

The Grounded in Play Committee is thrilled to announce the official launch of the Churchill Alternative Schoolyard Rejuvenation Project!

We are a group of Churchill parents and staff, and the kids that we love make use of the school’s outdoor playground every day. We recognize that it has served them well over the years, providing opportunities for gross motor development, imaginative thinking and cooperative play. But the times, they are a-changing!


Today marks the start of an exciting adventure for our whole community, because we know that at the end of it our kids will have an even better schoolyard: one that will engage them, spark their creativity and give them even more reason to love being outside.

It’s a big job, and it won’t be easy. It will take lots of hard work, more than a few great ideas and, of course, money. But there’s no doubt that, together, we can work towards a schoolyard that truly reflects the Alternative tenets that we all value so much.

We’re looking forward to working with you to bring to life a shared vision for the future of the play structure and the outdoor space that surrounds it. As we prepare to take the first steps of this journey, we’re asking for your input.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to share your thoughts and hopes for the future of the project. At this point in the process, the possibilities are endless. We want to dream big and imagine what the ideal schoolyard might look like. Any ideas?

And, it doesn’t have to end there; we’re still a fairly small group and would welcome any help you may be able to offer—whether you want to volunteer, help with visioning or fundraising, donate or pitch in in some other way that we haven’t yet thought of. Drop us a line and let us know!