Winners of the 2015 Ugliest Schoolyard Contest

Jun 8, 2015

For immediate release                                                                         Monday, June 8, 2015

Cyril Varney Public School, Churchill Public School and École publique Jean-Éthier-Blais are the 2015 winners of the annual Ugliest Schoolyard Contest, presented by VETAC, Greater Sudbury's Regreening Advisory Panel. 

“Play is one of the most important social benefits of green spaces,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger.  “When completed, these three schoolyards will allow children to develop their imagination through creative play, and ultimately grow their appreciation and understanding of the natural environment.”

The winning schools receive a cash donation from Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), a Glencore Company, the contest's major corporate sponsor. In addition, supplies from local businesses will be donated, and expert advice will be provided to transform their schoolyards into greener and healthier outdoor environments. 

"We look forward to working with the three winning schools on their playground regreening projects this summer and fall,” said Wayne Hugli, VETAC Member. “With our support, these schools will transform their outdoor spaces into more environmentally-friendly areas in which students and teachers can enjoy and explore.”  

Since 2005, the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest and its sponsors have helped 36 schools create greener and healthier schoolyards. Project planning has begun at this year's winning schools, and the schoolyard transformations will take place this fall.

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