During the 2018-19 school year, St. Martha will be working with the StopGap Foundation that aims to create a world where every person can access every space. StopGap’s initiatives help inspire a shift in thinking about the importance of universal access and inclusion. St. Martha School Council and school community will be working with the Foundation to help the Kingston community learn more about the benefits of barrier-free spaces.
In the fall of 2018-19, classes will begin to learn more about disability, accessibility, and inclusion in our own community. Staff and students will be involved in completing a community accessibility audit, work with local businesses with single stepped entryways, and paint and deliver ramps by the end of the school year. St. Martha is the first school outside the GTA to commit to this targeted outreach, education, and painting and delivering of wooden ramps for businesses with one-step entrances. As leaders, the St. Martha community will be educating business owners about the importance of a barrier-free environment. As community members, staff and students, we will deliver much-needed education regarding the importance of a storefront that everyone can access.
Through this project, students will be actively engaged in their community, demonstrating Faith in Action to those in need in the local community. This Social Justice initiative is in keeping with, and builds on, our work that recognizes St Martha as a "Me to WE" school. Thank you for supporting a wonderful learning and faith-based opportunity for the St Martha community! It is through our faith in God, love of others, and service to all that we make a difference in our community!