I had a very interesting experience today... last year I accepted a Directors position on the South Collegiate Alumni Association, a role that allows me to help support my old high school with an assortment of fund-raising and communication efforts. Over the past couple of years there's been a push all over London for the "greening" of school yards, and South Collegiate has been considering ways that they can update the school grounds to not only add some additional green spaces and trees for shade, but also to update the look of the school and make it's yard space more functional. To that end, they've partnered with Fanshawe College's Landscape and Design department to come up with possible plans for the space, and today executives on the Alumni Association were invited to review some of the 50 plans that were created. Fanshawe students gathered in the South cafeteria with their plans laid out and we were invited to walk around and look at the designs, making notes about which ones we liked the best, what features stood out, and what did or did not make sense to us. It was fascinating to see the differences in design from student to student - some were very old-school academic, reminding me of Ivy-league college campuses in the States and others were modern and playful (including features like shade flags and giant chess sets.) It will be interesting to see which designs, or at least design elements, come out on top after Teachers, student representatives, community members, alumni, and the school board have a chance to give their input... I'm excited to see what the future holds for the beautification of South Collegiate!
Many thanks to Principal Larry Schneider for the patriotic photo of South Collegiate's new sign, used as today's photo-of-the-day.