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Outdoor Play And Learning at Essex-Hawthorne

Are you interested in learning more about the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program for schools?

Join Essex and Hawthorne parents at the OPAL Symposium on Friday January 19th, 2018.  The OPAL program works to promote the benefits of play in schools and engages the school community to enhance the time for students to direct their own play and learning.

How does OPAL work?


A school board partners with Earth Day Canada, and convenes a lead team of teachers, parents and support staff to implement the program.


OPAL mentors facilitate playdays, workshops, events and parent outreach, leading to the development of a school-wide play policy.


“Loose parts” are introduced and strategic design improvements are made to prioritize play value for students.


Program roll-out is evaluated and schools receive recognition with awards at a “celebration of play” assembly.


If you wish to be a part of this exciting project for the 2018-2019 school year please contact jessica.haber@tdsb.on.ca for Essex and emily.nadeau@gmail.com for Hawthorne.


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