MacLeod students clean up Cenotaph Park
June 7, 2021, 11:04 am
Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Last Thursday Grade 4 students from MacLeod Elementary took to Moosomin Cenotaph Park to clean it up.
Principal of MacLeod Elementary Tammy Cole says she noticed the park was needing to be raked and volunteered her Grade 4 class to the task.
“I walk my dogs and this is often my drop-off spot because there’s a garbage can. I noticed it hadn’t been raked during the town cleanup and so I approached the town to see if anybody would be raking the park and they said no. So we thought this was a great way for the students to do some community service. It’s a place that’s important to us because we always do a Remembrance Day service and often times we have students who will come here as a part of the Legion’s service. So this park is a special place in our community and we just wanted to see it cleaned up,” said Cole.
Being a sunny day with a cool breeze, Cole says it was the perfect opportunity for the students to get outside, something she says the school encourages.
“Afternoons are always a good time because kids have to sit all day at their desks. They aren’t able to move freely around the classroom, so this is an opportunity for these students to get out and do some life learning.
“Learning can happen equally outside and it’s one of the promoted things actually, to get the kids outside. I actually created an outdoor classroom made out of logs that were donated by people in the community as a way to get kids to go outside. In the last couple of months of school, we try to get outside and do these kinds of things, but so far the weather hasn’t been good for that.
“It’s good to get kids to do things for the community, and sometimes it’s in their curriculum. This is just a great way for kids to learn and get outside a little bit,” said Cole.