Community partners are an important resource. Partnerships with such organizations benefit not only the children and their families but also the life of the community. For example, children and families can develop a sense of belonging to the larger community through engagement with members of the local community, and the community can be enriched through learning about the young children and their families who live in the neighbourhood. Community support for children’s engagement with the outdoors in their local environment contributes to the children’s ability to value the natural world.
Schools and school boards can play a role by coordinating efforts with community partners. For example, community partners can be included in events held at the school, such as attending meetings or supporting programs. Educators may also find opportunities for children to participate in community events, such as programs offered in public libraries, community centres, museums, and provincial parks and conservation areas.
Students learning on-site at our Community Garden supported by the Loving Spoonful Grow Project