Building Bridges is the joint fund raising campaign between F.E. Madill, Maitland River Elementary and the supporting communities. This joint effort is to raise funds for some much needed additions and upgrades to our schools that are not funded by the school board.
Building Bridges Campaign was created shortly after the new Maitland River Elementary School was opened. Parents, administration and community members became aware that there was no funding for playground equipment that was much needed at the new school. They started the campaign to meet the needs of the children. Once they began the process and became aware of other needs and opportunities, the campaign grew to include Learning Grounds, Arts programs and upgrades and repairs to the sports fields and track.
This brand new school brings together the students of 5 schools and communities, and provides beautiful facilities and state of the art learning during instructional time, but is under equipped for the recreational needs of all of the students in our community. Although located on the MRES grounds, it is used by the North Huron Childcare Centre, is adjoined to the local sports field and will be the only accessible play structure in North Huron.
In the past 4 years we have installed swings, sandboxes, a primary play structure and in the fall of 2016 a junior climbing structure. We are working to raise funds for the installation of the final piece to complete our accessible play ground by the fall of 2017.
Making use of the Outdoor areas as naturalized environments for educational opportunities. These spaces are shared between Maitland River and F.E. Madill. We have successfully completed planting of tree and natural species to support the environment around us. In the summer of 2016, the sitting circle was completed where children can gather and learn together. We are looking forward to the installation of our Key Hole gardens in the spring of 2017.
Sports Fields and Track, F.E. Madill
The athletic program which in the past has produced Olympic athletes and students able to take advantage of athletic scholarships now struggles, due to the disrepair of the fields and accessibility issues. The sports fields need major repairs including grading and drainage. The state of our sports fields have contributed to injuries and led to other centers not wishing to play on our fields.
The 2016 Evening of Connections Gala raised over $62 000 for this project. Along with the ongoing fundraising, we were able to raise enough funds to begin work on Phase 1 of the Sports Fields project.
In the fall of 2016 work began to refurbish the track and lower sports field, as well as create an accessibility path. This work will be completed in the Spring of 2017.