Principal Steve Bodnar refused to taste the fruits of success during a work bee at Grand View on Saturday. About 200 parents, staff, neighbours and friends of the school helped plant trees, rake gravel, lay sod and put up new playground equipment.
can't beat it, said Cormier. got everything that you can need for all seasons. is Bodnar's first year at Grand View. Adding more playground equipment was the 1 priority for the school council.
The school's 250 students from JK to Grade 8 have also dug in to plenty of yogurt cups during nutrition breaks, especially during the past two weeks. Grape and caramel banana were tops with student taste buds, says Bodnar.
going to wait right to the very end, he said.
want them to be out and playing outside, not sitting at computers, enjoying the weather and enjoying the time that they have outside, said Converse Gray Cormier.
chair of Grand View's school council. couldn't have done it without them. school, on Denwood Drive, pulled away with the lead in the contest's final hours. Saturday. The Sault school had 28.3908 bar codes compared to 27.789 for Clark's Harbour. The gap widened even further as night rolled on with Grand View edging out Strathclair by almost 10 codes per student.
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A Sault Ste. Marie school licked the competition proving they were second Danone by winning $25,000 for its playground.
Playground and landscaping improvements to the school will cost about $48,000. The school has fundraised about 83%, or $40,000, of that amount. Cash from the Danone competition will pay off that bill and help with a planned outdoor classroom shaded from the sun to be constructed in the fall.
The new playground equipment joins three sets of monkey bars, baseball diamond, large field and hockey rink at the 42 year old school.
Grand View appealed to Sault residents, businesses and schools, with additional help from out of town, to earn the most codes per student.
She has two children, Chloe and Christopher, who attend the school.
were a coincidence, said Bodnar. had planned the playground build before we had entered the contest. Vecchio estimates he's polished off about 80 cups of yogurt in the past month. The Grade 5 student didn't eat the snack before, but he's a fan now.
would definitely help finance it, said Bodnar.
Grand View Public School topped Danone's Rally for Playtime competition. Voting for a chance at two top prizes ended Saturday night.
in our school has eaten more yogurt than anyone should ever eat, he said.
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schools from across Canada tried to stir up their fundraising efforts by entering codes from boxes of Danino Greek yogurt online. A code was also given for each websurfer who entered their e mail address.
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thought we'd just have a big ending, said Bodnar. wanted) a big finish to kind of surprise the other teams into a false sense of security. View supporters cleared store shelves of Danone yogurt on Friday for the planned final push.
The accessible playground, available to students Monday, includes slides and climbing apparatus.
Grand View's plan, devised early in the competition, was to blitz the contest website with a flurry of bar code entries on the final day.
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