Work, Rest and Play! REACH Grenada gives a Welcome Boost to Student Recreation Areas
REACH Grenada’s delivery of 14 benches, expertly made by a local carpenter, and 28 palm trees to 8 of St Andrew’s Parish schools is having a positive impact on children’s school environments. The provision is part of REACH Grenada’s Partnership with Schools investment in improving standards in children’s recreation, healthy living and educational experience.
Widespread hurricane devastation of foliage on the island in 2004 and 2005 left many schools’ recreation areas bare and without shade. Building close working relationships with the schools and Ministry of Education in order to regenerate school environments is an important aspect of REACH Grenada’s work as Executive Director Mr Neo Moreton says:
“REACH Grenada aims to help improve school recreation areas by creating positive spaces for students to learn, rest amidst the busy school day and develop social and communication skills with their peers – all vital elements of a student’s school experience and personal development.”
The provision of comfortable seating for the students has enabled schools to extend their teaching space and create outdoor classrooms in addition to improving the quality of children’s playtime, providing opportunities for quiet time and enhancing the school environment.
The benches were welcomed by teachers and pupils alike and the slogan “REACH REACHES OUT” added to the back of each bench in one school says it all! In another school they were also put to good use for parents to sit to watch their children perform in an outdoor assembly!