School wins $5000 grant

Ellison Elementary have won themselves a $5000 grant through the Association for Learning Environments.

Students put together and submitted a video explaining why they needed the grant money. 

''We want to use the grant money to build an outdoor learning space for our students. We beat 30 other submissions, and won first place,'' said Sue Ito grade 1/2 teacher.

''We had one of our parents, Clayton Andres, re-record the song Down to the Honkytonk, by Jake Owens, with lyrics myself and my colleague, Kristy Fletcher, rewrote. We videoed the students to make a music video,'' she added 

The lyrics read: ''There’s a school down a backroad that wants to try a cool new mode. That helps the kids get motivated, and not teach lessons that are outdated.

And the teachers really have a yearn To show their students a new way to learn.

Hands on and really down’ it,

Outdoor learning will be a big hit.''

Association for Learning Environments  and The British Columbia Chapter annually recognizes one member for outstanding planning achievements, either over a long period or during the past year.

The Ellison Elementary team is hoping to go to the 2019 Spring Chapter Conference in Parksville to be presented and receive the cheque.

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