On October 26th, 2014, over 50 adult volunteers and children arrived at Macaulay Public School to create some amazing activity spaces for students. Armed with wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes, the group worked tirelessly from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meanwhile, the student leadership team offered childcare, crafts, and games for the children attending.

Initially, a subcommittee of the school council spearheaded the classroom project. In the Spring of 2014, students were asked what they wanted to see in an outdoor activity space. The subcommittee then sought donations to organize a community build day.

The results are quite creative. The hard work generated an outdoor classroom area, an outdoor library with seats, a book nook, fun enhancements to the JK/SK play yard – and more! Events like this are a great reminder of the power of community spirit. Way to go Macaulay Public School!


The Outdoor Book Exchange, also known as the ‘Book Nook’, is a great way to have kid-friendly literature available. Students will be able to join in the reading fun any time they wish, and swap in their favourite books for others to read.